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Nominate a Graduating Student for a Student Leadership Award

UC Merit Awards and Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards are given to graduating students who made exceptional voluntary contributions to improve their community through cocurricular involvement within their college or academic program.

Student holding UC Merit Award Plaque with Principal Donald Ainslie
UC Merit Award Recipient

Merit Awards


Do you know a graduating UC student who made outstanding contributions to student life activities in the college or a UC program (Canadian Studies, Cognitive Science, Health Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies,or Drama)?

Students, faculty or staff can nominate students for consideration as award recipients. Self-nominations are also welcome.

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UC Gordon Cressy Award Recipients 2016

Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards


The Cressy Awards recognize students in their final year of study, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70, who have at least one year of volunteer leadership in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period.

University College students are eligible for a college-based nomination if they demonstrated significant and valuable contributions to student life at the college:

  • Leadership on committees or influence on student or university affairs;
  • Improvement in the quality of life of students;
  • Contributions to the cocurricular experience;
  • Encouragement of fellow students to become involved in co-curricular activities;
  • Contribution to the sense of community at University College.

Staff, faculty and alumni may nominate a candidate. A student cannot nominate another student.

About the Cressys

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extracurricular contributions to their college, faculty or school or to the university as a whole.

In naming the awards after Gordon Cressy, the former vice-president of development and university relations, the UTAA recognized his commitment to higher education and his leadership in fundraising and community service. The qualities of leadership and dedication demonstrated by Cressy during his six years with the University are also embodied in the efforts of students chosen to receive this award.

Steps to Nominate a Student for a Cressy Award

  1. Consult the eligibility criteria for the award before submitting a nomination to determine the suitability of the candidate. 
  2. Complete the 2019 nomination form in conjunction with the nominee. Ensure the candidate completes the mandatory CGPA confirmation and privacy policy sections of the nomination form. 
  3. Obtain the candidate’s approval of the nomination package.
  4. Submit the completed nomination package to the appropriate nomination coordinator by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 

Submitting Your Nomination

Nominations for University College students whose contributions are primarily college-based should be emailed to Naeem Ordonez or provided by mail/in-person to:

2019 Gordon Cressy Nominations
c/o Naeem Ordonez
University College, Office of the Dean of Students
15 King’s College Circle, Room D105
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

Nominations for University College students whose campus contributions are primarily beyond the college are eligible for University-wide Cressy Awards. These nominations should be sent to the University-wide Cressy Award nomination co-ordinator, Ruth Binns.

Nominators and nominees may submit the nomination to whichever coordinator they feel is most appropriate based on their affiliation and/or contributions. Nominations for a candidate may only be submitted to one coordinator.