Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills you will learn during your time at Auburn. As a required course for many majors, there are often a lot of questions about how to get into public speaking sections each semester. Please review the following information if you are trying to enroll in a public speaking class.
Auburn Speaks is a public speaking competition held each fall and spring semester. Students are nominated for the competition by their peers. What begins in the classroom with more than 1,000 speeches gets narrowed to 40-45 semi-finalists that present in front of a panel of judges. From there, six finalists are selected to compete for the Philip Lutzenkirchen Excellence in Public Speaking Award.
This award was established in March 2017, and seeks to honor the memory and lasting lasting legacy of communication graduate and former Auburn football great Philip Lutzenkirchen. Philip was a young man of great character and his life and legacy are still felt on Auburn's campus. He was tragically killed in a car accident on June 29, 2014. The top finalists in the Auburn Speaks competition are the recipients of this distinguished award.