Nomination Process for Class President 2020 - 2021 Now Open

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2021



As you may already know, uOttawa will not be moving forward with the traditional in-person Spring ceremonies for a second year in a row. However, the Faculty of Arts is still looking for remarkable student(s) to represent the graduating classes of 2021!

The students selected, as Class Presidents will each give provide a rousing, bilingual, three-to-five-minute speech that will be shown at the end of a ceremony as a send-off to the graduates of 2021.

*** At the present time, the exact date and format of the celebration is still undecided. However, we do ask that you have a good internet connection to film yourself if needed. We appreciate your understanding in the matter and promise to keep you well informed of any developments. ***

The Class Presidents will be selected by a committee made-up of faculty administrators and student leaders.


  • 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 spring 2021 with your first program in the Faculty of Arts;
  • You must be bilingual (English and French);
  • You must be available to provide a prerecorded speech before June 1, 2021.

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 spring 2021, 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; and
  • A completed copy of the nomination form.
  • (New Deadline!) Please submit your completed application to Karine Charron by email at by 10 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021.
Access The Nomination Form Now

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.

*If you are not chosen as Class President, a member of our team may still contact you for other projects that will celebrate the 2021 cohort.

*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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