CALGARY – Men's basketball forward Ryan Cunningham has been named the Valedictorian for Mount Royal's Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree, the first graduating class for the program, while also earning the prestigious Centennial Gold Medal.
Formerly a student at Medicine Hat College, Cunningham transferred to Mount Royal University where he was regarded an academic, athletic and volunteer leader on campus and in the community.
Cunningham was a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian, a member of the President's Honour Roll and a member of the Phi Teta Kappa Honor Society. In the University's first cohort of Bachelor of Physical Literacy, he obtained an overall GPA of 3.5.
He was the captain of the Cougars men's basketball squad, served as the physical literacy coordinator for YCMA Calgary, and coached with the Special Olympics and the Calgary Basketball Academy.
Cunningham is also the recipient of this year's Centennial Gold Medal. The award is patterned after the Henry Birks and Sons Gold Medal, which was Mount Royal's highest award for student academic achievement from 1935 to 1985. The medal commemorates a deep tradition of academic achievement and leadership at Mount Royal.
Cunningham is set to speak at Friday's afternoon Convocation.