Alumni Awards

Selection Process

How long are nominations kept active?

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are considered for three years, nominations in the Honour, Horizon, Service and Innovation categories are considered for two years and nominations in the Excellence category are considered for one year.  Nominators are responsible for providing any new information each year as needed.

Who selects the recipients?

Award selections are made by members of the Alumni Awards Committee, one of six Alumni Council committees. The list of winners then goes to Alumni Council for final approval.

How are Alumni Award recipients selected?

Many factors go into the final decision.  Reviewing all nominations received, the Alumni Awards Committee is committed to selecting the most worthy recipients, while ensuring the Alumni Awards represent the diversity of achievements and contributions by University of Alberta graduates.

Alumni Award recipients are selected by the Alumni Council Awards Committee, between January and April. Nominees selected to receive an Alumni Award will be contacted by phone in May, and their nominator will be contacted via email. If a nominee is not selected to receive an Alumni Award, only the nominator will be contacted.

Alumni Award recipients will be announced on this website in June.

When will the recipients be announced?

Award recipients are contacted by phone in late May and the list of award recipients is announced on the Alumni Relations website in June. In cases where a nominee is not selected to receive an award this year, only the nominator will be contacted.

How will the recipients be recognized?

The recipients are recognized in online and print issues of New Trail, on the Alumni Relations website and at the Alumni Awards ceremony where they will be presented with their Alumni Award by University of Alberta President David Turpin. In addition, Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are also the subject of a video mini-biography, debuted at the awards ceremony, have an opportunity to make an acceptance speech at the ceremony and are honoured with a plaque on the Alumni Wall of Recognition, located in the Students’ Union Building.