Medallions 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 which reflect the highest academic distinction earned by a student in a particular discipline.
Medallions are presented at the spring convocation ceremonies in June, with the exception of the University of Calgary-Qatar medallions, which are presented at the fall convocation ceremony in November. Students who graduated at the previous fall convocation ceremony are considered for convocation medallions on the same basis as those who graduate at spring convocation.
Gold Medallions: Each faculty awards one gold medallion to the student graduating with the highest distinction in scholarship.
Silver Medallions: Each department (or equivalent unit) awards one silver medallion to the student graduating with the highest distinction in scholarship in their program.
- Eligibility: For students completing their undergraduate degree program requirements with academic excellence at the University of Calgary. Each faculty and department determines its own definition of academic excellence and establishes guidelines for the selection of medallion 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. It is the responsibility of the Academic Awards Committee to select recipients for the Governor General's Silver Medallions, the Muriel Kovitz Prize, and the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medallion.
- Notification: Recipients of convocation awards are notified by email at the end of May.
- Payment: Convocation awards with a monetary value are paid by direct deposit to the students’ bank accounts at the end of June. To receive payment, award recipients must provide their banking information to the University of Calgary through a secure link in the online Student Centre.