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. These medals are not part of the Canadian Honours System. Since 2020, none of the medals have been created, and a placeholder has been located on the Governor General's website stating that the medals will be delivered sometime in the future.[1] While consistently noting how Governor General Mary Simon holds the program in "high regard," as of December 2021, the Governor General's office said the medals would be sent in "summer 2022;" as of April 2022, the office said "fall 2022;" and, as of December 2022, the office said "in the months to come."[2] It is unclear if the medals will ever be issued again.


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 less tangible aspects of the student's life,[3] such as good citizenship, moral behaviour and, volunteer and community work. The Chancellery of Honours administers the Governor General's Academic Medal. Canadian citizenship is not a prerequisite for the award.

Famous recipients[edit]

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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  3. ^ "The Governor General of Canada".
  4. ^ Trimmer, Bob (September 21, 1963). "Prof. George Hardy: Author-Educationist". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. p. 5.icon of an open green padlock
  5. ^ Green, Judy; Laduke, Jeanne (15 January 2016). "Supplementary Material for Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's" (PDF). American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Recipients". 11 June 2018.