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 may nominate a graduating student to be Valedictorian. Students may also self-nominate. All nominees must meet the criteria outlined below.

Four (4) valedictorians will be selected:

  • Ceremony A: Forestry & Environmental Management, Nursing, and Science
  • Ceremony B: Business Administration, Education, and Kinesiology
  • Ceremony C: Arts, Law, Renaissance College and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ceremony D: Computer Science and Engineering

Valedictorians will write and deliver an address to fellow graduates, faculty, honoured guests, friends and family attending Encaenia.

Eligibility and criteria

Nominees for valedictorian must:

  • be graduating from a degree program at the UNB Fredericton campus
  • be graduating at the upcoming May Encaenia and have completed their application to graduate
  • 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 and nominees should have strong public speaking skills.

Students graduating with two degrees who wish to be considered for multiple ceremonies must apply to each ceremony separately.

Nomination process

Nomination applications are to be completed no later than Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m.

Letters of recommendation: Two (2) Letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member (current/former professor, instructor, dean, assistant dean) and one from a fellow graduating student attending your ceremony, must be submitted to the selection committee via email at or dropped off at the nomination meeting in the Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room no later than March 16 at 4 p.m.

Nominees’ meeting: The nominees’ meeting originally scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m. is cancelled. Information about next steps in the selection process and interview questions will be emailed to all candidates on Tuesday, March 17.

Selection process

Selection of valedictorians will be based upon a scored interview process by a panel of UNB representatives comprised of three to five individuals.

Candidate interviews will occur on:

  • Monday, March 23 (Ceremony A),
  • Tuesday, March 24 (Ceremony B),
  • Wednesday, March 25 (Ceremony C), and;
  • Thursday, March 26 (Ceremony D)

Decisions of the Selection Committee will be released on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.