– Policy 1200: Rector’s Award of Distinction

Date Originally Issued: October 21, 2019

Process Owner: University Rector



TheRector’s Award of Distinction is one of the University’s most prestigious awards and bestowed at the sole discretion of the University Rector.




The Rector’s Award of Distinction is given to distinguished persons in recognition of outstanding career achievement, scholarly excellence, leadership in the professions, noteworthy public service, humanitarian endeavours, and to honour other activities that the UniversityRectordetermines are worthy of the award.




Students, faculty, and staff of the University and community members are eligible to receive the Rector’s Award of Distinction, and it may be awarded posthumously.


Selection Process


Typically, nominations for the Rector’s Award of Distinction are called for beginning in the early fall.  The UniversityRectormay elect to solicit nominations at other times or select the recipient of the award without asking for nominations.

At the University Rector’s discretion, a representative committee of University and community members may be appointed to an Ad Hoc Committee on Awards.  Once constituted, the Ad Hoc Committee reviews the nominations for the Rector’s Award of Distinction and provides the UniversityRectorwith a list of recommended recipients of the award.  Ultimate authority for selecting the recipients of the Rector’s Award of Distinction rests with the University Rector, who reserves the right to review all nominations for the award and is not limited to selecting from the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendations.

Presentation of Award


The UniversityRectorpresents the Rector’s Award of Distinction to award recipients at one of the University’s formal academic ceremonies.