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Valedictorian Selection Process

Please note - the nomination period has been extended to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 17.


A valedictorian gives a farewell and congratulatory speech addressed to the students, their guests, and the institution. There will be one valedictorian selected per ceremony who will be given five minutes to address their peers. 

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.

The valedictorians are selected by the students in the graduating class, based on video auditions that will be posted online for viewing. In the event that only one nomination has been submitted, that graduate will be declared the valedictorian by acclamation and no election will be held.

You can indicate your interest in being elected as valedictorian by filling in the Valedictorian Nomination form with your personal information and the names, student numbers, and signatures of three students who support your nomination. The nominators must be students who have applied to graduate and who have RSVP'd to the same convocation ceremony as you.

You will also be asked to submit a video presentation of you answering the questions "Why should I be your valedictorian?" If you are not able to film the presentation yourself, we can make arrangements to film the presentation for you.

February 2018 Ceremonies Valedictorian Election Process:

November 17, 2017, 3 p.m. Deadline for nomination forms to be submitted to the Registration Centre
November 24, 2017 Deadline for valedictorian candidates to submit video presentations: "Why should I be your valedictorian?"
December 4-10, 2017 (approximately) Valedictorian elections. All students attending a convocation ceremony will be emailed instructions to view the videos and vote on the valedictorian for their ceremony. In the event that only one nomination is submitted and that graduate is declared the valedictorian by acclamation, no election will be held.

For a list of VIU's past valedictorians, please visit