Governor General's Academic Award

Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50 000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment. Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal. (Source) At Trinity Western University, the top five nominees for the Governor General's Silver Medal Award are announced at the annual Convocation Ceremony. The recipient of the award will be determined after the submission of all final grades. The student with the highest overall GPA will be contacted by letter to notify him or her of the award. The remaining four nominees will also be contacted by letter, congratulating them on their outstanding achievement.

Scholastic Honours

To encourage high standards of scholarship at Trinity Western University, the following scholastic honours will be recognized:


  • Recognition of high levels of scholastic achievement in undergraduate students will be made upon graduation. At the Convocation Ceremony, students with a grade point average of 3.70 or above will be honoured with a gold cord. Students with a grade point average between 3.30 and 3.69 will be honoured with a blue cord. Students who complete their degree with a GPA of 3.70 or higher will have it awarded with Great Distinction and students who complete their degree with a GPA between 3.30 and 3.69 will have their degree awarded with Distinction.