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Graduand Awards

Graduand Awards are available to graduating students who qualify for the awards on the basis of achievements in their first baccalaureate degree program. Most awards are determined on the basis of academic performance only, and require no application from students. Some awards, however, require students to apply through Mosaic and submit supplementary documentation (e.g. resume, reference letters) in order to be considered.

If you are planning to graduate at a fall convocation ceremony, you will be considered for graduand awards during the following May.


Some awards are open to students across the university, while others are intended for students studying a specific discipline. One award may be looking at a student’s overall academic performance and extracurricular activities, while another may looking at the grades in only one specific course. Awards terms can vary greatly, so it is important to look at the specific conditions in the award descriptions.

At minimum, students must have met the following criteria to be considered for any graduand award:

  • Graduating from a first degree program
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 8.0
  • No failures in the final 24 units of work

Graduating students are also eligible for Specific Achievement Awards.

Click here to view the full academic regulations and conditions for eligibility to receive Graduand Awards (Award Category E) and Specific Achievement Awards (Award Category D).

When to Apply

In-course award application season for the 2017-18 year will begin during the Winter 2018 term.

How to Apply

Students can now apply through Mosaic in your student centre:

  • Click ‘Apply for Financial Aid’
  • Choose ‘Aid by Application’

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact Nancy Solano, Awards Officer, at solanon@mcmaster.ca