The first medals of the Governor General were awarded in Canada over 100 years ago. The Earl of Dufferin, the third Governor General after Confederation, inaugurated what has now become one of the most prestigious awards that a Canadian graduate or undergraduate student can receive: the Governor General's Academic Medal.
This silver medal is awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in the graduating class.
To qualify for the gold medal, a student must have:
Each of the Faculty of Arts, Brantford Campus, the School of Business & Economics, the Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Music shall have one gold medal for each convocation period in which it has from 1 to 100 students receiving an honours degree, and an additional gold medal for each additional hundred students receiving an honours degree during that convocation period. Thus, a faculty with 60 honours graduates in fall would be allotted one gold medal, and a school with 300 would receive three medals. Gold medals are awarded only to students in subject areas having at least one non-combination honours program, though the recipient may be in a combined honours program. If the subject area has both single and combined honours programs, the award is made to the student with the highest GPA in the senior courses in that subject's honours program, whether or not they are registered in a single or combined program.
Eligible students must be registered in the graduating year of a General BA or General BSc program. They must have attained a minimum GPA of 10.00 (A-) in the senior courses of their major and a minimum cumulative GPA of 10.00 (A-) [This regulation is currently under review]
Each of the Faculty of Arts, Brantford Campus, the Faculty of Science and the School of Business & Economics shall have one bronze medal for each convocation period in which it has from 1 to 100 students receiving a general degree, and an additional bronze medal for each additional hundred students receiving a general degree during that convocation period.
To be eligible for any medal, students must take the majority of their courses at Wilfrid Laurier University. For each spring and fall convocation, the Office of the Registrar, in consultation with the relevant departments, will identify the medalists. A medal may be awarded during each of the spring and fall convocation periods in which there is a student meeting the requirements for that medal. Normally, only those students who apply for graduation by the deadline noted in this calendar will be considered for medals.