ND, SMC Valedictorian selection process
By KATE NAGENGAST
Associate News Editor
1. The registrar's office provides a list of the students with the highest grade point averages in each college — approximately three students from each college.
2. These candidates submit recommendations from the dean of their college, a peer and a draft of a 3-minute speech.
3. The valedictory selection committee — which consists of four faculty members — discusses the drafts, anonymously ranks the candidates and invites two or three finalists before the committee for a final interview.
4. From these finalists the committee selects the valedictorian, and the second place candidate is asked to give the invocation.
The committee looks for evidence of the candidates' academic skills, their ability to write and present an engaging speech and the impact they have had on the student or University community, said assistant provost Joy Vann-Hamilton.
Candidates are selected based solely upon the highest grade point average in the graduating senior class, said Theresa Marcy, vice president of academic affairs.
All News Stories for Friday, May 18, 2001