Valedictorian (Fredericton) | Fall Convocation | UNB

Mallory Parsons

Mallory Parsons

Like all University of New Brunswick graduates of the Class of 2020, Fredericton campus Valedictorian Mallory Parsons never expected to finish her final semester of studies from home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic interfered with the ending [my classmates and I] had envisioned,” says Mallory. “The opportunity to attend banquets, award ceremonies, formal goodbyes, and most importantly, beaming with pride as we receive our diplomas, surrounded by classmates and family.”

A first-generation graduate, Mallory received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UNB in May, and will address UNB Fredericton’s graduating class of 2020 via virtual ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 7.

“The words honoured and proud are an understatement in expressing the amount of gratitude I feel to have been chosen as a representative of the class of 2020,” says Mallory.

“I am beyond excited to reflect on the many positive memories and connections created during our time at UNB, and look forward to our promising futures,” she says. “During a time of immense stress and sadness, we became adaptable and supportive. I could not be more appreciative of the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Class of 2020 — arguably UNB’s strongest class yet.”

During her time at UNB, Mallory’s professors and peers described her as a positive, strong, bright and exceptional leader with a contagious smile. With a strong work ethic and commitment to her studies, Mallory maintained a place on the Dean’s List in both 2019 and 2020. She was also the Communications Director for the Kinesiology Society and worked as a research assistant within the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Mallory volunteered at the UNB music society to play music for seniors residing in the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, was involved in exercise programs at URec for older adults, and supported fellow students on campus by dedicating her time as the President of Lady Dunn Hall and as a Proctor of McLeod House. During her time at UNB, Mallory was employed at Conference Services, URec and the Cardiometabolic Exercise and Lifestyle Laboratory. She also volunteered time as a peer mentor for the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Mallory is now studying Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

“We have faced significant disappointment,” she says, “and have been forced to sacrifice many exciting moments that we worked tirelessly to experience. I am incredibly thankful that we are able to come together, despite the circumstances, and celebrate all of our amazing accomplishments.”