Speech & Debate Society

Founded in 2008, the Covenant College Speech & Debate Society quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the forensic scene. Members of the team have earned national awards in both parliamentary debate and public speaking events, and have brought home dozens of regional and local awards.


The Speech & Debate Society is open to students who have never competed in public speaking or competitive debate, but also provides challenging experiences for seasoned speakers and debaters.


Students in the society learn to think quickly on their feet, speak persuasively, and make connections between the ideas they’re learning in the classroom and national and international events. The skills students acquire through speech and debate have practical applications in life after college.


“The ability to organize your thoughts clearly and to communicate them in a persuasive way is useful when you’re sitting in a job interview or working at a job,” says alumna and former debater Susanna Griffith ’13. “These are skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life, and Covenant’s debate program is a great place to start developing those skills.”

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