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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud


The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

Celebrating Twenty Years of Student Leadership

About the Award

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 extra-curricular 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 Mr. Cressy during his six years with the university are also embodied in the efforts of students chosen to receive this award.


Nominations are not yet being accepted for the 2016 Awards. This website will be updated with more information when the nomination process opens.

Please consult the Eligibility Criteria  for the award before submitting a nomination. For more information on where to submit a nomination, refer to the List of  2016 Nomination Coordinators (which will be updated as soon as it is confirmed). Nominations may be made to whichever Coordinator the Nominator feels is most appropriate; however, only one nomination is allowed per candidate. Copies submitted to additional Nomination Coordinators will not be considered.

Nomination packages must be approved by the candidate and submitted to the appropriate Nomination Coordinator no later than (date TBD) unless otherwise stated for a particular faculty or college on the List of Nomination Coordinators and Submission Instructions (To be updated once details are confirmed).

  • Eligibility Requirements (will be updated shortly)
  • 2016 Nomination Form (will be updated shortly)
  • Nomination Coordinators and Submission Instructions (will be updated shortly)

Award Recipients will be recognized at presentation ceremony in Convocation Hall on (date TBD, Spring 2016).  Details and RSVP instructions will be posted here as soon as they are available.

2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients

Please click here to view the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients

View past recipients

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Please note: If you are being nominated for a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, and you do not meet the GPA requirement (2.7), you can find a GPA exemption form here. This form should be completed by the Nominator, and in the instance that a student is self-nominated, it may be completed by the nominee. Exemption requests will only be considered under extraordinary circumstances.

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