Majeau becomes third Griffins student-athlete to win prestigious President's Medal

Shannon Majeau capped a terrific final university season with the MacEwan University President's Medal on Monday.
Shannon Majeau capped a terrific final university season with the MacEwan University President's Medal on Monday.

Jefferson Hagen
MacEwan Athletics

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EDMONTON – Already distinguished over her career as a Griffins student-athlete, graduating women's basketball player Shannon Majeau added a capper to her six-year legacy at MacEwan on Monday.

The Spruce Grove, Alta. product became the third Griffin to win MacEwan University's prestigious President's Medal, honoured as the degree recipient in the spring convocation class.

The award – which is presented to one degree and one diploma graduate for their exemplary combination of academic achievement and contribution to the betterment of MacEwan University – has been previously won by Griffins women's basketball player Kelly Fagan (2016-17) and women's soccer player Jamie Erickson (2019-20).

"It's an incredible achievement and such deserved recognition for the contributions she has made – not only to our women's basketball program, but to the institution during her time here," said Griffins women's basketball head coach Katherine Adams. "It's hard to even put into words the impact she has had on the lives of the people she has touched during six years with our program. I know that extends beyond just the basketball court – to our athletic community and academic community, as well. 

"I'm so proud of her."

President's Medal recipients are graduates who demonstrate the best qualities of a MacEwan student by maintaining a high grade point average while demonstrating leadership through active participation in university-wide committees, groups, organizations, or extra-curricular activities. It goes to just two students in each graduating class.

"It's quite unique," said Majeau. "Going through the application process with Katherine and getting to speak with President (Annette Trimbee) was just very special and unexpected for me. 

"I didn't think I was going to win it when we put in the application.

"It's humbling to be recognized."

Shannon Majeau, right, poses with head coach Katherine Adams after being feted on Senior Day celebrations Feb. 11. It was her final game as a Griffin after six seasons (Robert Antoniuk photo).

A repeat member of the Dean's list, Majeau became just the fourth five-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian in Griffins' history when she was recognized for her academic efforts following the 2021-22 season. Also maintaining top marks in 2022-23 means she will become the school's first six-time winner of that honour.

"Through unwavering dedication, relentless pursuit of excellence, and an unyielding spirit, Shannon has emerged as a shining example of what it means to be an exceptional athlete and scholar," said MacEwan Director of Athletics Joel Mrak. "Her remarkable achievements and dedication to her community have not only earned her the President's Medal but have also inspired countless others to reach for greatness. 

"Shannon embodies the true essence of a champion, reminding us that with passion, perseverance, and a relentless work ethic, extraordinary heights can be achieved."

Not only did she serve as captain of the Griffins this past season, Majeau was also MacEwan's Student Athlete Council president, while volunteering for multiple initiatives that gave back to the community and raised awareness on social issues.

Upon conclusion of the 2022-23 Canada West season, Majeau was named as winner of the Canada West Women's Basketball Student-Athlete Community Service award, becoming just the second Griffin to claim that honour in their sport. 

"I don't feel like I've done anything differently throughout my career," said Majeau, taking stock of an incredible final year of university. "I came in with a purpose and wanting to be a part of the culture and the team and something bigger than myself. That's stayed the same throughout my six years that I've been here. 

"It's nice to be recognized for the stuff that I've done, but at the same time I'm looking forward to seeing what the work I've put in the past six years looks like for the future of the program and the girls who are still going to be there next year."

As part of the honour that comes with winning the award, Majeau – who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Honours Psychology – will give a speech to the graduating class at her convocation on June 20. 

"Over the past six years, I have learned a lot about myself, including what it takes to be a leader and how my words and actions have the ability to empower and instill belief in others," she said in the announcement article at 

"Sport can be incredibly hard at times but can also be incredibly rewarding. To be able to experience the highs and lows of team sport with the many incredible people I have met along the way has been such an amazing and unique experience."