Each year at convocation, MacEwan University recognizes the outstanding achievements of our graduates with academic awards. Here are the award recipients for the Spring Class of 2021.
President’s Medal for Academic Excellence and Student Leadership
The President’s Medal recognizes students for their exemplary combination of academic achievement and contribution to the betterment of MacEwan University. Medal recipients are graduates who demonstrate the best qualities of a MacEwan student by maintaining a high grade point average while demonstrating leadership through active participation in university-wide committees, groups, organizations or extra-curricular activities. One medal may be awarded to a graduating student in a certificate or diploma program and one medal to a graduating student in a degree program.
I was nervous when I was asked to give a speech as the President’s Medal recipient. My main concern was how do I address 2,000-plus graduates and share a message that is both meaningful and universal? But those nervous emotions subsided when I was told to just speak from the heart. I spoke about a profound and continued message that I have heard throughout my studies: live life not through the selfishness of your mind, but through the generosity and kindness of your heart. That gives life meaning.
Many of my family members have said that I deserve this medal. But truly, it is the wonderful individuals with whom I surround myself that deserve recognition. My peers, friends, family members, community, the welcoming spaces that have been so beneficial throughout my journey at MacEwan such as the kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre, and most importantly, all of the individuals at MacEwan who have made a career out of enlightening, broadening and supporting students throughout their academic journeys.
I remember walking through the halls at MacEwan and running into several of my professors outside of the classroom. They would always be so kind, and many offered advice and provided feedback to help me continually improve in every aspect of my studies. I have never met such kind and dedicated individuals. I cannot thank them enough.
I just know that this platform I’ve been given will be an inspiration for so many of my community members, especially our youth. This is a time of resilience and empowerment, and I know that great things are in store for all of us.
- Chase Soosay, Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and President's Medal recipient
Governor General’s Silver Medal (Degree)
The Governor General’s Silver Medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall academic standing based on their Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) in a degree-level program. This medal is awarded at Spring Convocation.
Jemma Hicken, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Governor General’s Bronze Medal (Diploma)
The Collegiate Bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall academic standing based on their Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) in a diploma-level program (minimum two-year, full-time duration). This medal is awarded at Spring Convocation.
Eilene Dela Cruz, School of Business
Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence
The Dean’s Medal is each faculty or school’s highest academic honour. Each dean may award one medal to a graduating student in a certificate or diploma program and one medal to a graduating student in a degree program. Medal recipients are recognized by the dean for their exemplary success in meeting the learning challenges and academic requirements of their programs of study.
Jolie Hamel, Faculty of Arts and Science
Kessler Douglas, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Gwynne McMaster, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Victoria Eeles, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Sarah Hunt, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
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