Convocation 2014: Be the next Class President at the afternoon ceremony

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014

The Faculty of Arts is looking for a well-rounded student to represent the Graduating Class of 2014 at the afternoon convocation ceremony on June 13, 2014. The committee, made up of faculty administrators and student leaders, received a good number of excellent candidacies to represent the graduating students at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, but we are still looking for a Class President to represent graduating students from programs honoured at the afternoon ceremony.

The student selected as Class President will give a rousing, bilingual, three-to-five minute speech at the end of the ceremony as a send-off to the graduates of 2014. Since the Faculty of Arts is celebrating its 125th anniversary, this year’s convocation promises to be very special.

  • The student selected must be graduating in one of the following disciplines, as he or she will represent the graduates at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony:

Aboriginal Studies, Applied Ethics, Arts (General), Canadian Studies, Classics, Classical Studies, Communication, Environmental Studies, Ethics and Society, Geography, Geomatics and Spatial Analysis, History, Information Studies, Journalism, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Public Relations, Religious Studies


  • Academic excellence;
  • Contributions to the University of Ottawa and Faculty of Arts community and/or to an off-campus community;
  • You must be graduating as part of the Class of 2014 with your first program in the Faculty of Arts;
  • You must be bilingual (English and French);
  • You must be available to attend your program’s convocation on June 13, 2014.

Application Process

To be considered, you must submit the following documents:

  • An official or unofficial copy of your most recent grade report;
  • A brief statement (maximum of one page) outlining your involvement or volunteer activities in the Faculty of Arts/University of Ottawa community or in an off-campus  community;
  • A draft of your rousing, bilingual speech (approximately 700 words or 2 pages, double-spaced).  The speech should look towards the future for members of the Class of 2014, drawing upon your personal memories or experiences but expressing them in a manner that will resonate with all the graduating Arts students attending the convocation;
  • A 60-to-90 second video* summary of your bilingual allocution; and
  • A completed copy of the nomination form

Please submit your completed application to Josée-Anne Cyr in Simard Hall, Room 113, by 4 p.m. on April 15, 2014.

The selection committee will review your application and will contact you should you be chosen as Class President.

Thank you in advance for offering to participate in this leadership opportunity.


 * We are not looking for professionally produced videos. Your video should support your application by demonstrating your speaking skills, not your video production skills.

All contestants acknowledge that videos submitted may be used by the Faculty of Arts in promotional materials, advertisements and online marketing activities. By entering the contest, participants expressly waive all moral rights with regard to the video. The University may use, edit, reproduce, publish, broadcast, exhibit, transmit and distribute both the video itself and the name, images, audio and text submitted by the participants, without further permission or compensation.

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