Governor General's Academic Medal

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Silver Governor General's Academic Medal

The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest grade point average from a Canadian high school, college or university program. They are presented by the educational institution on behalf of the Governor General.


The medals were created by Lord Dufferin, Canada's third Governor General after Confederation in 1873.


To maintain a spirit of universality across the country, the medals are awarded on academic marks only, regardless of the more intangible qualities of students’ life, such as good citizenship, moral behaviour or popularity. It is the responsibility of the educational institution to determine a clear winner every year, as students cannot jointly be awarded one medal.

Canadian citizenship is not a prerequisite for the award.

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Famous recipients include:


Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four levels.

  • Bronze – secondary school level
  • Collegiate Bronze – post-secondary, diploma level
  • Silver – undergraduate level
  • Gold – graduate level

There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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