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Meet the 2024 Commencement Student Speakers

For every graduate, commencement marks the completion of this step in one’s undergraduate or graduate academic journey. The student speakers at commencement ceremonies are tasked with putting the day’s sentiments into words — capturing the collective pride everyone feels at the end of their hard-fought journey while offering their advice to their peers.

Being chosen as a student commencement speaker is a source of great pride and accomplishment. University of Bridgeport is proud to introduce you to the 2024 student speakers. Read on to learn more about each student speaker, and make sure to watch their inspired and inspiring 2024 commencement speeches in the videos below!

Undergraduate Ceremony Student Speaker — Karen Nineth Garza

Karen Nineth Garza graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Garza, a lifelong Bridgeport resident, graduated first in her class. As a UB student, she served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) club and vice president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club. Garza also participated in UB’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) Pilot Project: Fostering Hispanic Achievement in Computer Science and Engineering using the Affinity Research Model.

Watch Garza’s speech below!

Graduate Ceremony Student Speaker — Oluwademilade Iretomiwa Faloye

Oluwademilade Iretomiwa Faloye graduated with a Master of Science in Analytics and Systems. Faloye was a member of University of Bridgeport’s Theta Delta Chapter of the International Business Honor Society. As a graduate student, she was a core member of Bridges and the international campus church, fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for UB students. Faloye served as a 2024 class representative for the Student Government Association and worked as a graduate assistant for the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business and the School of Science and Society.

Watch Faloye’s speech below!

To learn more about UB’s 2024 commencement ceremonies or to watch the full graduate or undergraduate ceremony, visit