Recognizing our outstanding students

At the end of each academic year, we come together as a university community to recognize the contributions and achievements of our graduating students during the annual Last Lecture.

> 2021 Last Lecture and Grad Award Winners

Join with us in helping to identify students whose leadership, dedication, and service are deserving of recognition.

  • Nominees must be eligible for graduation in May
  • Nominators must be students, staff, or faculty at Mount Allison
  • Self-nominations welcome

How to nominate a student varies, so please see the full list of awards below for details.


Major grad awards

For the following three major grad awards, the Graduating Students Awards Committee will receive nominations and consider candidates based on academic achievement, service to the University, and involvement in co-curricular activities during their years at Mount Allison University.

To nominate a student for any of the three major grad awards, submit the graduating students award nomination form. By submitting this form, nominees will automatically be considered for all three awards.

        The Don Norton Memorial Award

        The Don Norton Memorial Award was provided by the Class of 1942 to honour a classmate and as a memorial to all Mount Allison University students who gave their lives in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

        Donald Blair Norton ('42) of Milltown, NB, "while a student at Mount Allison exemplified, by his rare ability and character, those qualities of scholarship, athletics and student government of which a university may be justly proud."

        He was an outstanding student, winner in numerous track and field events, President of the Student Union, and a leader in various university activities.

        The Don Norton Memorial Award is given to a graduating student who through their years has made the greatest overall contribution to student life.

        The Frances S. Allison Award

        One of Mount Allison's oldest awards, the Frances S. Allison Award was established by Mrs. Walter C. Allison (Frances S. Allison), Ladies’ College Class of 1896. During its first 62 years, it was presented to the top female graduating student.

        In 2020, the award criteria changed to become more inclusive. While still holding true to the original ideals of the award, the Frances S. Allison Award is now awarded to any graduating student whose record at Mount Allison combines high academic achievement, extensive extracurricular involvement, and outstanding service to their peers and the community.

        The Charlie Hunter Award

        The Charlie Hunter Award is presented to a student who has shown exemplary student leadership and has demonstrated commitment to student involvement and engagement during their four years at Mount Allison University. Preference is given to a student that has lived in residence at least one year.

        The award was established by friends and co-workers of Charlie Hunter in honour of his many years as dean of students at Mount Allison University.


        Other University student awards

        Barritt-Marshall Award

        This award goes to a graduating international student whose contributions to the internationalization of campus and the community have helped to promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

        To nominate an international student, complete the Barritt-Marshall Award nomination form.

        Alternatively, you may submit the following information in hard-copy form (paper) to the International Centre:

        • Full name of the student
        • A description of the student's extracurricular involvement
        • A 500-word (max.) summary of how the student's efforts and involvement over his/her time at Mount Allison tie in with the criteria outlined above.

        For more information, please contact Mount Allison's International Student Advisor at intadvisor@mta.ca.

        Chris Metallic Prize in Indigenous Leadership

        Established by the Class of 2016 and the Campbell-Verduyn Fund in honour of Chris MacKenzie Metallic, the award recognizes a student, in any year of study, who has exhibited leadership in the indigenization of the Mount Allison campus.

        To nominate an Indigenous student, complete the Chris Metallic Prize in Indigenous Leadership form.

        Departmental Awards

        Departmental Awards are chosen by faculty members and reflect not only a high academic standard but also a high involvement within the department.

        University Leadership Pins

        University Leadership Pins are presented to graduating students in recognition of their extensive co-curricular leadership on campus or in the local Sackville community. These leadership awards are chosen by the Graduating Students Awards Committee.


        MASU grad awards

        The following two grad awards are administered by the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU). To nominate a student, visit masu.ca.

        Gil Latter Memorial Award

        The Gil Latter Memorial Award is a plaque presented to a student in any year who has volunteered their time and demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Sackville community.

        The Gold A Awards

        Four Golden A lapel pins are awarded to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the University community.


        A. Jane Avard Eaton Student Leadership Awards

        The family of A. Jane Avard Eaton (’61) established an award to honour her leadership skills and her many contributions both as a student and a member of the Board of Regents of her beloved alma mater.

        Jane's many contributions to Mount Allison were recognized upon her graduation in 1961 with the Frances S. Allison Award and a Gold A Award.

        This monetary award is given to the recipients of:

        • the Don Norton Award — $1,000
        • the Frances S. Allison Award — $1,000
        • the Gold A Awards — $500 each

        President's Spirit Award

        The President's Spirit Award, a joint project between Student Life and the President’s Office, is a friendly competition in which each residence on campus ‘adopts’ a Mount Allison Mountie sports team.

        Students within each residence are then encouraged to show support for their adopted sports teams through both traditional and non-traditional means.

        The criteria for the award includes attendance, contribution, and overall participation, with special consideration being given to residences that interacted with the teams beyond scheduled matches and games.