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Students who apply for graduation and have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher are invited to apply to be the valedictory speaker.  

Eligible honors graduates will receive an email in mid-semester inviting them to submit a Valedictory Speaker Application Form along with their speech. 

Eligibility Criteria for Valedictory Speaker Candidates:

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application.
  • Strong extracurricular involvement/volunteerism/work experience/other.
  • Strong leadership skills/abilities.
  • Ability to effectively convey educational and other relevant experiences both in writing and verbally.
  • The majority of the units must have been completed at Napa Valley College.

Valedictory Speaker Application Form (2023 sample)


Friday, April 12th at 5pm Application form due
Friday, April 19th Students will be notified if they have been invited to present their speech to the selection committee. Selected finalists will be called to schedule a
10-minute interview appointment.

Thursday, April 25 or Friday, April 26


Interviews: Those selected will interview and make their speech presentation to the Valedictory Selection Committee on this date during a 10-minute virtual appointment.
Tuesday, April 30 One student speaker will be selected.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (707) 256-7362 if you have any questions about this process.