Medals presented at convocation are among the most prestigious of university awards. It is the intention of the University of Calgary to uphold the standard of these awards as they reflect the highest academic distinction earned by a student in a particular discipline.
Medals and medallions are presented formally during the spring convocation ceremony in June. Students who graduated at the previous fall convocation ceremony are considered for convocation medals on the same basis as those who graduate at spring convocation.\
Gold Medals: Each faculty awards one gold medal except in the case of those established prior to the current policy.Gold medals are awarded to students graduating from a faculty with the highest distinction.
Silver Medallions: Each department or equivalent unit awards one silver medallion. Silver medallions are awarded to students graduating from a department or equivalent unit with the highest distinction.
- Eligibility: For students completing their undergraduate degree program requirements with distinction at the University of Calgary. Each faculty and department determines its own definition of distinction and establishes guidelines for the selection of medal recipients, with consideration to the following criteria:
- Grade point average
- Course load
- Minimum number of University of Calgary courses taken
- Application: No application required. Students are nominated by their faculties and departments. It is the responsibility of the Academic Awards Committee to select recipients for the Governor General’s Silver Medallions and the Muriel Kovitz Prize.
- Notification: Recipients of convocation awards are notified by email at the end of May.