Jillian Rothman, a 2007 graduate of Staples High School, was the student commencement speaker at the University of Michigan's Class of 2011 commencement exercises April 30 at Michigan Stadium.

Rothman, who graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in African and Afro-American Studies, was chosen by a committee of students, faculty and university staff who determined that her speech, which was selected among more than 60 other entries, best encompassed the "Michigan experience" and provided insights for the future.

Her seven-minute talk, given in front of 45,000 attendees before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took the podium as the event's commencement speaker, may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLzE4_5rgEw.

Rothman plans to attend Michigan Law School in the fall as a Wolverine Scholar.