Valedictorian is an anglicized derivation of the Latin vale dicere (“to say farewell”), historically rooted in the valedictorian’s traditional role as the final speaker at the graduation ceremony. The valedictory address is generally considered a final farewell to classmates, before they disperse as a collective group in order to pursue their individual paths after graduating. The title of class valedictorian is common in educational institutions in the United States and Canada, while its equivalent in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland is dux.
The Valedictorian for Vanier Graduation ceremonies is chosen by a selection committee and based on nominations which are solicited each year from teacher and staff members of the Vanier community.
The criteria for nomination for Valedictorian are:
- Academically strong: an R score of 30 or more (this is very roughly an 85% average)
- Positive about Vanier
- Comfortable speaking in public
- Broad experience at Vanier.
Read more about past Valedictorians and their speeches by clicking here.