Convocation 2015: Be the next Class President

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Daniel Dumas

The Faculty of Arts is still looking for a well-rounded student to represent the graduating classes of 2015 in the evening convocation ceremony on June 14, 2015.

The Class President will be selected by a committee made-up of faculty administrators, professors and student leaders.  The student selected as Class President will give a rousing, bilingual, three-to-five minute speech at the end of a ceremony as a send-off to the graduates of 2015.

  • We would like to thank all students who submitted their application to become class president at the afternoon ceremony.


  • We are still looking for a second class president who will give her/his speech at the evening ceremony and must be graduating from one of the following programs:

Aboriginal Studies, Applied Ethics, Arts (General without Minor), Canadian Studies, Classics, Classical Studies, Communication, Environmental Studies, Ethics and Society, Film Studies, 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 2015 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 14, 2015.

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 2015, 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 speech stored on a USB memory stick; and
•    A completed copy of the nomination form signed by ten (10) students that are members of the Faculty of Arts.

Please submit your completed application to Brigitte Bénazet in Simard Hall, Room 113, by 4 p.m. on April 24, 2015.

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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