Selection Process

How long are nominations kept active?

Nominations are considered for two years. Nominators are responsible for providing any new information for the second year, as needed.

Who selects the recipients?

Award selections are made by members of the Alumni Awards Committee, one of the Alumni Council committees. The list of selections 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 or email 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. We do not contact supporters.

Alumni Award recipients will be announced on this website in September, with an award ceremony taking place later in the fall.

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 September. 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 Bill Flanagan. 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.