2024 student award winners during the Last Lecture at Convocation Hall

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.

» 2024 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 or October
  • 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.

Graduating Students Awards Committee

The committee is composed of students:

  • MASU President-elect
  • MASU VP Student Life
  • Incoming Grad Class Executive President
  • First-year student representative (appointed by MASU)
  • Second-year student representative (appointed by MASU)

And staff representatives from:

  • MASU
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Experiential Learning and Career Development
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Student Life Office
  • International Centre
  • Indigenous Affairs
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Questions about student awards? Email studentlife@mta.ca.

Major grad awards

Nominations deadline: March 1, 2024

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 or self-nominate for any of the three major grad awards, submit the graduating student award nomination form.

The Don Norton Memorial Award

The Don Norton Memorial Award is given to a graduating student who:

  • through extracurricular activities, employment and/or volunteering has positively impacted the University
  • has a strong academic record
  • participated in athletics and/or student governance or any other activity that served Mount Allison

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 Frances S. Allison Award

The Frances S. Allison Award is awarded to a graduating student who:

  • through extracurricular activities, employment/or volunteering has positively impacted the student experience at Mount Allison
  • has a strong academic record

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.

The Charlie Hunter Award

The Charlie Hunter Award is presented to a student who:

  • through extracurricular activities, employment and/or volunteering has positively impacted the residence life experience at Mount Allison

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

Nominations for the following awards vary, so please see the full list below for details.

Barritt-Marshall Award — graduating international student

Awarded 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

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.

Established by the Class of 2016 and the Campbell-Verduyn Fund in honour of Chris MacKenzie Metallic.

Hibberts Meekins First-Generation Graduating Student Award

Awarded to a graduating first-generation university student who has funded their own education through a combination of work, loans, and financial aid.

To nominate a first-generation student, complete the Hibberts Meekins First-Generation Graduating Student Award nomination form.

Self-nomination is encouraged.

This $500 prize is awarded annually at the Last Lecture.

Murewa Black Student Leader Award

Recognizes the hard work and dedication of a Black student who has worked to foster community within Mount Allison’s Black Caucus. 

  • A Black student of African or Caribbean descent or any Black student who is part of the African diaspora.
  • Must be a graduating student
  • Must have been actively involved in one or more of the following groups African Students Association, Black Students Union, or CSA in the year when applying
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to community leadership and the advancement of social equity for members of the Mount Allison Black Caucus

To nominate a Black student, complete the Murewa Black Student Leader Award nomination form.

The Murewa Black Student Leader Award was created by Danai Bélanger, Mount Allison’s first Black Director of Student Experience.

This $500 prize is awarded annually.

Crake-Sawdon Award in print journalism

Awarded to a student who has made a substantial contribution to print journalism at Mount Allison.

To nominate a student, complete the Crake-Sawdon Award nomination form.

Named for William Boyle Sawdon, who died in 2001 and was the editor of the Argosy as well as the Sackville Tribune Post's publisher. After Sawdon passed away, his family and the Crake Foundation established the award in his honour.

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.

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

MASU grad awards

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

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.