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The Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their School or academic program department, or to Ryerson as a whole. The awards acknowledge and encourage student participation in university affairs.

In naming the awards after Dennis Mock, Ryerson recognizes his commitment to higher education. His leadership and dedication, demonstrated during his 28 years at the university, are qualities embodied in students chosen to receive this award - students committed to ‘making a difference’. This is a prestigious, non-monetary award.


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Please download and review this file if you are having difficulties accessing and/or completing the form: Nomination Form Instructions (.docx with embeded .pdf files)

Nomination and Selection Criteria (download PDF version) or review information below:

Nomination Deadlines

Submissions must be received online by Friday, February 6, 2015 before 1:00 p.m.  All nominations must be consented to by the student and endorsed by the student’s academic program department. The Convocation and Awards Office (CAO) will forward nomination forms to appropriate Chairs or Directors for approval and will then forward complete and approved applications to the University-wide selection committee and to the appropriate Dean for Program-specific selection committees. Final decisions will be made by the week of March 23. Announcements and presentation arrangements will follow from the CAO.


Timeline and Deadlines


January 5-9

Application forms and guidelines made available to the Ryerson community

February 6, 1:00 pm

Online Nomination submission deadline

February 9-20

CAO reviews nomination forms for completeness, including nominee and chair/director approvals

February 23 – March 6

The CAO convenes a selection committee with university-wide representation to review applications and choose University level recipients

March 9

CAO delivers School/Program nominations to Deans’ Offices

March 9-20

Deans convene selection committees to review applications and choose up to a maximum of two recipients per School or academic Program department

March 20

Deans’ Selection Committees submit recipient names and ‘Recipient Selection Worksheets’ to the CAO; nomination forms to be kept by the Dean’s Office for two years

March 23-27

Recipients and non-successful nominees are contacted by Convocation and Awards Office.

The awards presentation will take place in April, date and location to be confirmed.



Nomination Categories


Students may be nominated for one category only.  Unsuccessful nominations at the University-wide level will be forwarded for consideration at the Program level. Students may receive only one Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award in their academic career at Ryerson (i.e. undergraduate award winners may not be nominated again during graduate studies). 


University-wide Category - Where the extra-curricular contribution has been to the whole of Ryerson. A maximum of ten students may be selected by a committee with University-wide representation.  In addition, each year the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education nominates in the University-wide category an outstanding ‘Life Institute’ senior who makes a substantial contribution to the Ryerson community. One individual may be selected.


Program Category – Where the extra-curricular contribution has been to the School or academic Program department. A maximum of two students per School or academic Program will be selected by the Dean. The Dean’s selections will be accepted automatically.


Selection Criteria


  • Any member of the University community - including students, faculty, staff or alumni - is welcome to submit nominations for the award in either category
  • Only students who are graduating in spring or fall of the award year are eligible. *
  • Recipients must currently be actively enrolled at Ryerson in either a Full-time or Part-time degree program and have a ‘CLEAR’ academic standing at the time of nomination. *


   * Not applicable to the Continuing Education Life Institute seniors being nominated for the University level award.



Leadership and involvement should be considered in relation to good academic standing. The value of the student's contribution, rather than an office held, should be the major criterion considered.


A nominee's volunteer contributions may take the form of any one, or a combination, of the following:

  • leadership on committees, or influence on student or university affairs;
  • improvement in the quality of life of students;
  • encouragement of fellow students to become involved in extracurricular activities; although external involvement is encouraged, activities should be focused on the Ryerson campus or community;
  • contribution to the sense of community at Ryerson.


Nominator Instructions


Incomplete forms will not be considered. Complete the nomination form in full.  A complete submission includes excerpts from the student’s curriculum vitae. Do NOT submit grades.


Selection Committees


Dean’s Selection Committee

Dean or designate who acts as the Chair of the committee; plus one Chair/Director; plus two faculty members, four members total. The Chair/Director and the faculty members must all come from different academic program departments.

University Selection Committee

Members come from Senate’s Awards and Ceremonials Committee: Provost or designate who acts as Chair of the committee; plus one Dean; plus one Chair/Director; plus two faculty members; five members total.


Awards Presentation


Announcement and presentation arrangements will follow, as space is limited this is an invitation-only event.




Please call Elsie Nisonen, Student Awards Coordinator, Convocation and Awards office,, 416-979-5000 *3145.