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.


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,[1] 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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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Governor General of Canada".
  2. ^ Trimmer, Bob (September 21, 1963). "Prof. George Hardy: Author-Educationist". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. p. 5.icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Recipients". 11 June 2018.