Congratulations to our Class of 2019 award recipients

June 20, 2019 | Arts & Culture, Business, Health, Science, Society
Our student award winners filled their days with classes, clubs and contributions that make us proud. Congratulations to each of them – we can’t wait to see what they do next.

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 love asking and answering questions, so becoming a researcher was always in the back of my mind. My honours psychology thesis looked at dance training and memory skills. It was really hard work – that one document represents two years of my life, and more time and energy than I’ve ever put into anything – but it was so rewarding.

I spent my first couple of years at MacEwan really focused on my studies and didn’t get involved in anything on campus. But when I did – first as a teaching assistant (a really unique opportunity for an undergrad), then as a MacEwan Ambassador, president of the Student Psychology Network, and as a member of other councils and boards – I took so much from every experience.

One thing I always wanted to do was study abroad, but I was busy running research and couldn’t pick up and leave for an entire semester. So when it became more clear how much I wanted to keep doing research and eventually become a professor, I thought maybe I would go to grad school in England.

I only told a few people that I was applying to Oxford. It felt ridiculous. I kept telling myself that I would frame my rejection letter as a reminder that at least I had tried.

I was standing in line at the airport about to board a plane to Ontario when I got the email that I had been accepted. I felt like jumping up and down but didn’t want to make a scene, so I sent a few quick messages to my parents and my honours supervisor at MacEwan, then spent the four-and-a-half-hour flight sitting by myself with the news.

It still doesn’t feel real. To think that I’ll be moving overseas in a couple of months is exciting – and overwhelming. It’s a dream come true.

–Riya Sidhu, Bachelor of Science, Honours Psychology, 2019 President’s Medal Recipient


I was really involved in the Design Students’ Organization, but this year, our first few events kind of flopped.

Almost the entire DSO from the previous year had graduated. So it was basically just me and my friend Patrick left as the president and vice-president. We had no idea what we were doing. 

So we had a few events where no one showed up and eventually we realized we needed to put more work into developing a bigger strategy – it doesn’t work to just plan random events. So we got to work, and all of a sudden, we had so many people coming together and helping us, and by the end of the year, we held a full day design conference. We aimed big and were able to follow through and exceed even our own expectations. I feel such a strong sense of community here in the design program, so the conference was an opportunity to give other design students that same sense of community that has been so important to me. It was a great feeling to help bring everyone together like that.

That experience taught me the importance of having not just a team, but a well-functioning one. You can’t do everything on your own. In class, we’re always working on group projects, but it's not the same dynamic as people who choose to come together. Understanding team dynamics is a skill that translates into work and life, so I’m grateful for that experience, even if it started as failure.

I feel like I learned how to be a leader not by being the boss or the director, but just by encouraging people to collaborate and to do their best.

–Brooke Langmaid, Design Studies, 2019 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.

  • Kathleen Taylor, School of Business

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.

  • Sierra Harnaha, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

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.

  • Marlena Muskens, School of Business
  • Amanda Smith, School of Business
  • Svijetlana Brkovic, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Celine Broen, Faculty of Nursing
  • Rajbeer Kaur, Faculty of Nursing
  • Addison Krueger, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
  • Shelly Dugas, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
  • Shannon Delaney, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Laura Wunderli, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications 

Meet the Class of 2019

We're so proud to celebrate this year's graduates, medal recipients and distinguished award honourees. Get to know the Class of 2019.



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