UNBF Valedictorian Selection Process

The UNB valedictorian provides a formal address to all fellow graduating students and to faculty and guests at Encaenia. Any University of New Brunswick student, staff or faculty member can nominate a graduating student to be valedictorian. Potential candidates should meet the criteria outlined below.

The Award
Four valedictorians will be selected for the May Encaenia; one valedictorian for each May Encaenia ceremony. Valedictorians will write and deliver an address to fellow graduates, faculty, honoured guests, friends and family attending Encaenia.

Eligibility and Criteria
Nominees/candidates for the 2018 Valedictorian positions are required to meet the criteria listed below:

  • Students must be graduating from a degree program at the UNB Fredericton campus.
  • Students must be graduating at the upcoming May Encaenia and have completed their application to graduate by March 1, 2018.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in their last 60 credit hours.
  • Involvement in campus and community activities will be strongly considered.
  • Candidates should have strong public speaking skills.

Selection Process

  • Selection of valedictorian will be based upon a scored interview process by a panel of UNB representatives comprised of 3-5 individuals including student representation.
  • Decisions of the Selection Committee will be released in 2018.

Four (4) valedictorians will be selected; one for each May graduation ceremony:

Ceremony A - Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m. — Science and Nursing

Ceremony B - Wednesday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. —  Business Administration, Kinesiology and Education

Ceremony C - Thursday, May 17, 10 a.m. — Arts, Law, Renaissance College and Interdisciplinary Studies 

Ceremony D - Thursday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. — Engineering, Forestry & Environmental Management and Computer Science

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