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Arbor Awards

A recipient holding their award

Recognizing exceptional volunteers

Our volunteers personify the very best attributes of the University’s motto, Velut Arbor Aevo – “May it grow as a tree through the ages.” Their work represents both our roots and our branches, which have served to anchor our traditions and spread the mission of this University – to meet global challenges and prepare global citizens.

We are proud to honour and celebrate the contributions of the University's exceptional and longstanding volunteers with the prestigious Arbor Award.

This award is the highest honour granted by the University and is given for sustained contributions to specific academic units, such as faculties, colleges or institutes, or for broader contributions to the University at large. 

Nominations open annually in mid-February. 

An award ceremony, sponsored by University Advancement, takes place each fall. 

The 2018 Arbor Award ceremony was held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Carlu at 444 Yonge Street. Photos of last year's event can be viewed online. 

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Since 1989, more than 2,400 alumni and friends have received Arbor Awards for their tremendous generosity and contribution to the experience of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni.

See past recipients