Speakers & Award Recipients

Every year at Convocation, NAIT recognizes individuals who've made significant contributions to the community.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have provided a significant contribution to the local, national or international community. Last year's recipients have made outstanding impacts, which you can read about in their bios.

Read 2022 Honorary Degree recipient bios

An honorary degree recipient speaking at the 2022 Convocation ceremony.

Governor General's Academic Medal

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The Governor General of Canada continues this tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students.

Notable past recipients include prime ministers Kim Campbell and Pierre Trudeau, premiers Robert Bourassa, Tommy Douglas and Robert Stanfield, and author Gabrielle Roy.

The Collegiate Bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma level, post-secondary program.

The latest recipient at NAIT is Justine Gargula (Magnetic Resonance Imaging ’21).

“I would like to thank my instructors and clinical coordinator who were pivotal to my success,” says Gargula. “I also would like to thank my friends and family for their unwavering support all these years.”

Justine Gargula
(Magnetic Resonance Imaging ’21).

2022 grad stories

NAIT Convocation 2022: The 2021-22 school year in pictures

Regardless of the ups and downs of 2021-22, students persevered

NAIT Convocation 2022: The biology of the brewery (and beyond)

Biological Sciences Technology research students put skills to unexpected uses

NAIT Convocation 2022: From underdogs to overachievers

The Ooks women’s basketball team shocked the world of Canadian college sports – and themselves

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