Preparations for Convocation 2019 are well underway, and as such the Valedictorian Selection Committee is sending out the call for the Class of 2019 Valedictorian Candidates. It is the responsibility of the Convocation Valedictorian to bid farewell to graduating students while also celebrating the collective achievements and accomplishments of the class as they join the Bishop’s University Alumni Association.

Are you able to represent the experiences of the graduating class? Can you share with friends, family, and the wider community what it means to have been a student at Bishop’s? Would you be able to use your words to empower your peers for what comes next?

The Valedictorian Selection Committee is sending a call for two (2) Valedictorians to address the graduating class at Convocation. Each Valedictorian will speak at one of the following ceremonies:

Saturday, June 8th 10:00am: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Saturday, June 8th  3:00pm: Business and Education

Students interested in applying must fulfill the following: be academically approved to graduate on the date of convocation (Weekend of June 8th, 2019), must have a cumulative average of at least 70%; additionally, they are asked to submit their complete Nomination Package in order to be eligible to speak at the ceremony of which they will be receiving their diploma.

Complete Nomination Packages are due by Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12:00pm to the SRC Submission Box, located in the SRC hallway between offices 120 and 119. Please be sure to submit all parts of the nomination package in one envelope. No late submissions will be accepted.

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview in the coming weeks. During the interview, the student will be asked a series of questions (which they will be sent in advance); additionally, they will be asked to deliver a speech. It is recommended that the speech outline the candidate’s vision/idea for their speech (i.e. a beginning, middle and end) and that the candidate identifies a “take-away message” for the graduating class.

If you have any further questions, please contact SRC President-Elect at

Download the Nomination form here


Check out last years speeches below:

Valedictorian Speech at 1:54:41

Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 a.m. Humanities (BA) Social Sciences (BA, BSc) Graduate Micro-programs Certificates

Valedictorian Speech at 2:17:06

Saturday, June 2, 2018 3:00 p.m. Business (BA, BBA) Education (BA, BSc, BEd, MEd) Natural Sciences (BA, BSc, MSc)