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Governor General’s Academic Medals

The Governor General's Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious awards a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The Governor General of Canada continues the tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students. The medals are known as the Governor General's Academic Medals and are awarded only for academic excellence at four levels: 

  • Bronze at the secondary school level.
  • Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level.
  • Silver at the undergraduate level.
  • Gold at the graduate level.

To maintain a spirit of universality across the country, the directives were designed to ensure the medals are awarded on academic marks only, regardless of the more intangible qualities of students' lives, such as good citizenship, moral behaviour or popularity. Students cannot jointly be awarded one medal.

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is awarded annually to the student graduating from a graduate-level program who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the courses required for the degree, as approved by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. To be considered, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Silver Medal

The Silver Medal is awarded annually to the student graduating from an undergraduate program who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the courses required for the degree as approved by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. To be considered, students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours at UOIT and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher.