Forensics Team
Speech and Debate

Forensics Team Alumni

Please keep us updated and send us your contact informatin so we may update our planned alumni directory and for future publications.  Email your information to Adam Symonds.

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Founded in 1885, ASU Forensics has a proud tradition of excellence and competitive success in speech and debate. We are one of the last full-service speech and debate programs in the country.

Any Arizona State University undergraduate is invited to participate in the collegiate forensics program.  Participating students need not be a communication major and you are not required to audition to become a member of the team. We welcome all levels of experience.  You can join us if you have four years of high school experience or if you have never even seen a round of competitive forensics.

Collegiate competition is similar to high school competition with a few distinct differences.  Additionally, college debate is similar to high school policy with a few differences in speech times. 

  • In college you can enter in as many events as you want, in fact, we encourage competition in multiple events!
  • You can travel a lot or a little.  We compete both regionally and nationally.  Our national competitions take us all over the country!
  • Our debate team and individual events teams travel to tournaments both together and separately.
  • You set your own coaching hours with the coaches.  We have a team meeting on Tuesdays but all of the outside work is up to you!
  • Our squad room has tons of resources for you to use in preparing for competition and for schoolwork.

If you are interested in pursuing forensics at a collegiate level and would like to join the program contact:

Adam Symonds, Director
Office: Mathews Hall 112B and Stauffer 476 
Feel free to drop in.  If I am not there, leave a note, email or call me for an appointment. 
Office Hours at Mathews Hall: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11: 30 am &  by appointment on Fridays
Email: or
Twitter:  asuforensics or acsymonds

Kelsey Abele, Assistant Speech Coach
Office: Stauffer 111 
Office Hours: 11:00 am-Noon