Valedictorian Selection Process

For 2022 Convocation

We're glad you're thinking of running for valedictorian!

What is a valedictorian?

A valedictorian gives a farewell and congratulatory speech addressed to the students, their guests, and the institution. There will be one valedictorian or one pair of co-valedictorians selected from each VIU Faculty that delivers educational programs. At each ceremony, the valedictory address will be a projected video compilation of all 2022 Faculty Valedictorians.

Valedictorians are selected by students in their Faculty's graduating class, based on a candidate statement (video or written plus a photo) that will be posted online for the election. If only one nomination is submitted for a particular Faculty, that nominee will be declared to be elected by acclamation, and no election will be held for that Faculty.

How to become a valedictorian

To put your name forward for consideration, send an email to Convocation@viu.ca that includes the following information. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 31, 2022, 3:00 pm, for all June 2022 ceremonies.

  • Your full name as it is on your student record
  • Your VIU student number
  • Your program (MBA, Culinary Arts, etc.)
  • This statement:  "With this email, I declare myself a candidate for valedictorian of my graduating class in my Faculty.  If I am found to be ineligible to graduate, I understand that I will also be ineligible to act as valedictorian." 
      • OR, if you are putting your name forward as co-valedictorian with someone else, we need emails from each of you. The statement in each email in that case should read, "With this email, I declare myself a candidate for valedictorian of my graduating class in my Faculty, as co-valedictorian with [Name of your partner].  If I am found to be ineligible to graduate, I understand that I will also be ineligible to act as valedictorian."
  • A short video presentation of you (maximum 2 minutes) answering the question, "Why should I be your valedictorian?" Remember, you will be addressing only those graduates who are in your Faculty - they will be the ones voting in your election. Please submit the video as an attachment to your email. Co-valedictorians, please send in one video for you both answering the question, "Why should we be your co-valedictorians?"
      • OR, a written candidate statement (maximum 150 words) answering the question, "Why should I be your valedictorian?" Remember, you will be addressing only those graduates who are in your Faculty - they will be the ones voting in your election. Please submit the candidate statement (MS Word document) as an attachment to your email. Co-valedictorians, please send in one candidate statement for you both, answering the question, "Why should we be your co-valedictorians?" AND,
      • A photo (not too large, please) of yourself -- formal or informal. The photo should be in the highest resolution possible and at least 1 megabyte, and either a .jpg, .png, .tif, or raw file. Please submit the photo as an attachment to your email. Co-valedictorians, please send in a separate photo of each of you.
  • The email must be sent from the email address you have listed within your online student record.

Please note: Valedictorians must be confirmed graduates at the time of the ceremony. Students attending convocation as a "participant" (i.e. expected to graduate within a month of the ceremony) are not eligible to perform the duties of a valedictorian.

 

Convocation Valedictorian Election Process for 2022

March 31, 2022

Deadline for all nomination emails with videos, photos, and candidate statements to be submitted to convocation@viu.ca by 3pm.

April 7 - 11, 2022

Valedictorian elections, one election per Faculty.  All students expected to graduate from within your Faculty by July 30, 2022, will be emailed instructions to view the videos or candidate statements/photos and vote on the valedictorian for their Faculty. 

April 11 - 14, 2022

VIU staff will contact winning candidates and collect information for brief bios to be included in the printed convocation program.  Arrangements will be made for video-recording of you giving your speech. 

See a list of VIU's past valedictorians

 

Updated April 6, 2022