Valedictorian Information

CBU has a longstanding tradition of electing a high-achieving student who embodies CBU’s Graduate Attributes and has made significant contributions to the CBU community during their studies, as the valedictorian. This distinguished individual will deliver the valedictory address at the CBU Convocation ceremony. In this address, they will reflect on their educational journey, instill hope for the future, and express gratitude to all those who supported them along the way. Derived from the Latin phrase meaning “to bid farewell,” the term valedictorian encapsulates a unique opportunity to represent, inspire, and bid farewell to one’s graduating class.

The valedictorian also holds the important responsibility of carrying the CBU Mace during the Convocation Ceremony procession. Crafted from Cape Breton oak and embellished with a crown of diamonds, the CBU Mace stands as symbol of the authority vested in the Chancellor. As both Valedictorian and Mace Bearer, this student will join the procession alongside the members of the stage party at the CBU Convocation, and sit on the stage during the Ceremony.

There will be five Convocation Ceremonies in Spring 2024 and we will elect up to five individuals to represent the graduating class of Spring 2024 as Valedictorian.

Application Deadline: April 14, 2024


  • Applicants must be considered a potential graduate for the Spring 2024 Convocation. 
  • Applicants must have contributed in some way to the University community during their time at CBU. 
  • Exemplify the Graduate Outcomes set for CBU graduates Information on the CBU Graduate Attributes.   
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong academic standing with a cumulative average of at least 80% as of December 31, 2023. 

Submission Requirements 

  • A copy of your updated resume. 
  • 2 CBU-related references (at least one academic). Please note: reference letters must be sent directly to by the reference writer. 
  • A short video (less than 3 minutes) where you share a highlight of your time at CBU. This could include a special memory, or an experience you’ll never forget. Don’t forget to tell us why that memory stands out. You should also include why you feel you are a good representative for the entire graduating class as Valedictorian. The video must be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video. 

Once Your Application is Complete 

  • Completed applications can be emailed to Please send your resume and video in one email. 
  • Please remember that reference letters must be sent directly to by the reference writer, not the applicant. 
  • Please note applications and references received after the deadline will not be considered. 
  • By submitting your application, you are granting permission for the selection committee to view your official transcript, provided by the Office of the Registrar.