The Valedictorian is the student who has the honor and the responsibility of delivering a message to fellow graduates and their guests.  While the tradition of valedictorians calls for academic excellence (a minimum of a 3.80 GPA) and instructional involvement, the role also calls for a graduate who has a meaningful message that is well-prepared for delivery.  Applicants should give special attention to the content and presentation of their proposed address.

Application and selection process

The deadline for submitting your application is MARCH 8, 2021. There will be no exceptions to the submission date. 

The application and selection process steps follow:

  • Complete this application and include (in the space provided below) a draft of the THREE no more than FOUR MINUTE speech which you wish to present at Commencement.
  • Ask faculty, staff and/or Detroit Mercy students to nominate you for this honor. A minimum of three and a maximum of six nominations are required. 

Nominations must be completed using 2021 Detroit Mercy Valedictorian Nomination Form (letters will not be accepted).