Audition to Perform the National Anthem

Are you interested in performing the National Anthem during the commencement ceremony? The Commencement Planning Committee is looking for a student or group of students to perform the national anthem (The Star Spangled Banner) and Black national anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) at Commencement 2024. 


Submit a video recording of you (or your group) singing/performing The Star Spangled Banner and/or Lift Every Voice and Sing in its entirety. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024 to    

Along with your video, you must answer the following questions:  

  • Have you performed this song before? 
  • Have you performed in front of large audiences?  If so, how large? 
  • Will you be singing acapella or with a background track? 
  • If you are playing an instrument, what are your microphone needs?  
  • Are you available to practice on Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at T-Mobile Park? This practice is only for the performer(s), not for all graduates. 
  • Are you available to attend soundcheck on Commencement Day on Friday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at T-Mobile Park?

Selection Process 

Submissions will be reviewed by the Commencement National Anthem Subcommittee, comprised of staff and faculty planning Commencement 2024. 

A performer or group of performers for each song will be chosen based on the following criteria. 

  • Performance: stage presence and connection  
  • Quality: vocal/instrumental sound, diction, and rhythmic interpretation  
  • Experience: ease of performance and comfort in a large setting/audience  

Selection Deadline  

Selected student or students will be informed on Tuesday, June 11. 

View Last Year's Performances

Chris Sicard sang The Star-Spangled Banner and JeMonica Stoudamire sang Lift Every Voice and Sing for our 2023 ceremony. Note: the video below is cued to start with these performances.