There will be one Arts Valedictorian who will present a speech remotely at the June 2021 Convocation.  

Valedictorian Nominations

Valedictorian nominations are now closed.

Speech Submissions – Extended to Friday, March 26 

3. Once you’ve confirmed the support of 5 nominators, nominees should prepare a 2-minute audio speech, due Friday, March 26. These submissions are for selecting the Valedictorian only. Speeches will be re-recorded for the actual ceremony. Speech guidelines and evaluation criteria can be found below. Nominees are asked to submit 2 files by email to

1) An audio recording of their speech (in any audio format– MP3 is preferred)  

2) The text of the speech (Word format is preferred).  

  • Please make the audio recordings are as clear as possible, but note that these recordings are only used to judge delivery. The selected Valedictorian’s speech will be re-recorded (with video) for Convocation. 
  • Please make sure filenames for both files contain your first and last name. 

Valedictorian – Selection Committee Application 

Selection committee applications are now closed. If you are still interested in participating but had not submitted an application, please email by Friday March 26.  

Convocation – Class of 2021  

Visit the University of Waterloo Convocation page for more information and frequently asked questions, including questions about Grad photos.