Graduation needs you

Graduation is a special event for you, your family and your friends, and a chance to celebrate the hard work and dedication that you have shown during your studies at Bucks.

The best advice and inspiration at graduation doesn't always come from the University staff or honouraries who speak at the ceremony — often it comes from the graduates themselves.

This year there will be ceremonies throughout Graduation Week, Monday 2 - Friday 6 September, and the University wants to give all those graduating the chance to be one of the eight valedictorians.

Speaking in front of a theatre full of people can be daunting but the University and Bucks Students’ Union will offer you support every step of the way.

Here’s what just some of our valedictorians said about their experience last year:

Emilee Platts, graduated from BA (Hons) Dance and Performance: “Being the Valedictorian at my graduation, was one of the most nerve-wracking things I've done. Standing up in front of a full audience at the Wycombe Swan including my family, my peers and their parents, was such a great opportunity to show all that I've learnt over the three years whilst at Bucks. I felt so good after the ceremony and am so glad I put my name forward!”

Daljeet Sandhar, graduated from BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s not like you graduate every day. I had the opportunity to share my special moments and experiences I had with my Bucks family. It made my graduation ceremony remarkably extraordinary. Although, I was really nervous the support from friends and their parents couldn’t have made it any easier.”

Graziella Spagnuolo, graduated from BSc (Hons) Social Work: “I honestly loved my experience of being valedictorian and it is an experience that I will never forget. I felt supported throughout the process but it was quite nerve wrecking to get up on stage in front of so many people as I am not the most confident public speaker. However the experience was liberating!”

If you:

  • are attending graduation;
  • want to share your pride in Bucks; and
  • are willing to speak confidently and clearly on behalf of your fellow graduates, we want to hear from you.

The University Communications team and Bucks Students’ Union are joining forces to offer all those chosen to be a speaker at their ceremony, support with rehearsals, extra public speaking workshops and speech writing assistance.

To nominate yourself for valedictorian please send no more than 150 words describing why you should be considered, along with your name, course and contact telephone number from your student email address to kelly.young@bucks.ac.uk by Friday 3 May.

Nominations will be considered anonymously by a panel of Heads of Schools and Bucks Students’ Union.