“I was asked to give a commencement speech!”
You are the top student in your class. You're going to graduate soon, and you were chosen to give a speech at the graduation ceremony. You tell your parents the good news.
I was asked to give a commencement speech!
This is a way of saying that someone asked you to do something:
I was asked to play the violin in my church's Christmas concert.
You can also talk about other people using the phrase "___ was asked to ___":
After that, she was asked to submit her resignation.
People usually use this phrase when talking about formal requests. If you're talking about something simple that someone asked you to do, you usually say it like this:
Jada asked me to send her the list of people who were participating.
"Commencement" is another word for a graduation ceremony. A "commencement speech" or "commencement address" is a speech that someone makes at the graduation ceremony for a university. The speaker might be a student or might be some successful or famous person.