Valedictorians

We are pleased to announce the valedictorians for the 189th Fredericton Encaenia.

Kayla Beck

Ceremony A - Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m.

Kayla Beck, from Oakville, Ont., will address students in faculties of science and nursing. Kayla will graduate with a bachelor of nursing. Kayla is passionate about social justice. During her time at UNB, Kayla has been a tutor, peer mentor and SafeRide driver, helping students transition to university life and succeed academically. Kayla has also been active as a volunteer in the community, caring for the elderly as a support worker and participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. In the summer of 2017, Kayla completed a three-month nursing internship in Malawi, gaining valuable experience as a health care professional. In 2016, she was chosen through a competitive process to receive a Summer Studentship award from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation. This allowed her to complete a research project on the relationships of childhood cancer survivors and their partners. Her work on this project reflects her developing proficiency in applying research to clinical judgment and practice.

Emmanuel Hebert

Ceremony B - Wednesday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Hebert, from Fredericton, will address students in the faculties of business administration, education and kinesiology. Emmanuel will graduate with a bachelor of science in kinesiology. Emmanuel has been active as the kinesiology and off-campus representative with UNB’s Student Union. During his time at UNB, he has been peer mentor and tutor, and assisted with the organization of the kinesiology orientation. Emmanuel was a member of the Red Bombers football team and served as an athletic therapist for the men’s volleyball team. Outside of his studies, Emmanuel volunteers his time with children at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital and works to provide for his family. Emmanuel will go on to study medicine at Dalhousie University next fall. 

Jacob Greenslade

Ceremony C - Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

Jacob Greenslade from Bedford, N.S., will address students in the faculties of arts, law, Renaissance College, and in interdisciplinary studies. Jacob will graduate with a juris doctor. During his time at UNB, Jacob has stood out as an academically strong, hard-working, empathetic and persevering individual. Jacob has volunteered on the Law Society committee and with many other charity functions and event hosted through the faculty of law, including the annual charity auction. He mentors first-year law students on their advocacy skills and is a founding member of the faculty’s newspaper, Ludlow De Jure. Jacob is dedicated to helping his fellow students – from helping to explain coursework to offering a friendly ear during high-stress times.

Andrew (Drew) Robart

Ceremony D - Thursday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Andrew (Drew) Robart from Rothesay, N.B., will address students in the faculties of computer science, engineering and forestry & environmental management. Drew will graduate with a bachelor of science in engineering. Drew started his university career at the Saint John campus and transferred to Fredericton in the fall of 2016. During his time at Saint John, he balanced excelling in his studies with playing for the Seawolves varsity basketball team. He was active in numerous community organizations -  including serving as the director of the UNBSJ Engineering Society, a member of the Youth Advisory Committee for KV Oasis Youth Centre and the founder of UNB’s Water and Engineering Brigade for Global Brigades. After transferring to Fredericton, his dedication to academic excellence and the university community continued. He became a UNB Student Union Orientation leader, president of UNB Global Brigades and co-chair of the Atlantic Leadership Summit. In 2018, he was part of a team that took home first place at the Canadian Engineering Competition for their design of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand for toddlers.