The position of Class Valedictorian is an honoured one, and we encourage members of the graduating class to nominate their best-qualified colleagues. The ability to organize and present a speech in a clear and persuasive manner is important, but the Valedictorian must also be a worthy and excellent representative of the graduating classes.

The Valedictory Address follows remarks, greetings, and congratulations by the President of the University, and the Convocation Address by an Honorary Graduand. In some years, the Honorary Graduand has made the kind of speech the Valedictorian was expected to give, so it’s best if the speech is distinctive and unique in its content.  The Valedictorian is expected to address Convocation for a maximum of five minutes. The address should be appropriate to the dignity of the occasion, and the audience size is typically 1000-2000.

June 2020 Valedictorian Candidates:

Morning Ceremony Afternoon Ceremony



1.  Valedictorian Nomination Form 2020 (PDF) forms are due back to the Science Undergraduate Office by Monday, March 9 at 4pm. Nominees need signatures from at least five members of the graduating class.

2. Written submissions - each nominee must submit a 200-300 word written submission explaining why they believe that they will be an excellent representative of the graduating class. Written submissions are due with the Nomination Form in the Science Undergraduate Office by Monday, March 9.

3. Speeches - each confirmed nominee will need to prepare the speech that they would deliver at the Science Convocation Ceremony in June.  The nominees will present their speech to a selection committee composed of graduating science students. The selection meeting will be held during the week of March 18. More details about the speech requirements will be provided to the nominees after the nomination period has closed.

Valedictorian Selection Committee - June 2020 Convocation

The selection committee will judge the nominees based on their written submissions and speeches. Please e-mail Sandy Wong if you would like to be part of the selection committee. You must be a graduating student to participate.