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The importance of Valedictorians

Mount Saint Vincent University has a tradition in which a Valedictorian is selected to deliver the farewell address at each of the convocation ceremonies. The valedictory address is always a highlight of the convocation ceremony. Nominating is an opportunity for you to have a voice in shaping this part of your graduation ceremony.

The April 1, 2020 deadline is in place to give the Valedictorian sufficient time to prepare their address and delivery. All graduands may nominate one person from among the graduands for Fall Convocation.

There are three ceremonies scheduled for the Fall Convocation on November 3, 2019. The details are posted on the website.


To be eligible for selection, nominees must:

• have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent five units of coursework and;

• have made significant contributions to extra-curricular activities at the Mount and/or community-at-large.

A sub-committee of the Academic Policy and Planning Committee will review the nominations along with the students’ academic records and present the candidates for Senate approval. Final notification will be sent to the students who are selected to be the Class Valedictorians.

Submitting your nomination

Please complete the Valedictorian Nomination Form and submit by April 1, 2020 to the Deans’ Office by email:, or drop off / mail to:

Mount Saint Vincent University
Seton Academic Centre, Room 302
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax NS B3M 2J6

View more Valedictory addresses, as well as full Convocation ceremonies, on the Mount’s YouTube channel.