Valedictorian (Fredericton) | UNB

UNB Fredericton Valedictorian

Peyton Juhnke

Peyton Juhnke

Valedictorian Peyton Juhnke will be representing all spring 2021 graduates on UNB’s Fredericton campus.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have been selected as the valedictorian for the Fredericton campus, and I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the strong women who mentored and supported me throughout my degree at UNB. Sarah, Kate and Amanda – kinanâskomitin (thank you) doesn’t even scratch the surface.”

Peyton is graduating with a bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary leadership from Renaissance College. She was a Dean’s List student in all three years of her degree, as well as one of the Indigenous Co-Representatives for the Renaissance College Society.

In 2019, Peyton completed an internship with Sarah King in the Office of Experiential Education where she created Campus Closet, a program that provides students with no-cost career attire for interviews, presentations and experiential learning placements.

In 2020, Peyton received the Blue Metropolis Award for Excellence in Indigenous Studies for her essay "Indigenous Freedom." She was also a part of the Student Union’s Breaking Stereotypes Campaign at the invitation of Nadia Wysote, the SU Indigenous Representative at the time.

In the final year of her degree, Peyton developed the framework for an Indigenous Studies minor which she proposed and completed as a way of advocating for Indigenous knowledge systems to be more widely acknowledged and respected within academia. As part of this minor, she completed an independent study with Amanda Myran and Katelyn Copage on Indigenous Research Methodologies.