This year, as many as 8,000 students will receive their degrees at Waterloo's spring and fall convocation ceremonies. One undergraduate from each Faculty and two graduate students will be awarded an Alumni Gold Medal, which symbolizes not only the student’s accomplishments, but also the proud tradition of exploration and leadership to which all of our alumni belong.

Alumni Gold Medals have graced the convocation gowns of our top students since 1970. The Royal Canadian Mint has produced these medals in the past — but in the true spirit of Waterloo, we’ve decided to make them ourselves.

Watch the Alumni Gold Medal creation below.

Help us celebrate this year's Gold Medal recipients

Madison Anne Ryken

Faculty of Health
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Recreation and Sport Business

Maggie Muzhi

Faculty of Environment
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Environment, Resources and Sustainability/International Development Option – Biology Minor – Co-operative Program


Maddie Ryken  

Maggie Muzhi  


Monica Elizabeth Grove

Faculty of Arts
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology - Research Intensive Specialization

Max Chemtov

Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Science, Honours Mathematical Physics – Pure Mathematics Minor, German Minor


Monica Grove

Max Chemtov


Spencer Nicholas Whitehead

Faculty of Mathematics
Bachelor of Mathematics, Honours Pure Mathematics – East Asian Studies Minor – Co-operative Program

Dennis Qi

Faculty of Engineering
Bachelor of Applied Science, Honours Civil Engineering/Management Sciences Option – Co-operative Program


Spencer Whitehead

Daniel Qi


Sara Leanne Wyngaarden

Outstanding Academic Performance in a Master’s Program
Master of Science, Public Health and Health Systems

Supervisor: Dr. Warren Dodd

Shihabur Rahman Chowdhury

Outstanding Academic Performance in a Doctoral Program
Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science

Supervisor: Dr. Raouf Boutaba


Sara Wyngaarden

Shihabur Chowdhury

Congratulations to all of our newest graduates! You have much to celebrate, and even more to anticipate in your future as Waterloo alumni.