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Award Categories

There are two Distinguished Alumni Award categories, open to graduates of the University of Canberra (includes Canberra College of Advanced Education). To help prepare your nomination please use the PDF sample as a guide only.

The next Distinguished Alumni Awards are scheduled for Friday 18th March 2022 at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

Award Selection Criteria

Chancellor's Lifetime Achievement Award
in recognition of a lifetime's achievement

The nominee should have 20+ years of professional experience; they may be employed or retired. The nominee can clearly demonstrate:
  • Substantial and significant impact and contribution to their chosen profession nationally and/or internationally
  • Demonstrates leadership, recognition and standing within their field or profession
  • Advancement of knowledge and innovative practices
  • Advancement of professional practice
  • An active contribution and commitment to the community

Chancellor's Rising Star Award
in recognition of an emerging professional in any industry

Successful candidates will not have reached a senior or executive level position; however, they will demonstrate a strong career trajectory with the possibility of forward achievement. The nominee may be self-employed or employed by an organisation on a full or part time basis. The successful nominee will demonstrate one or all of the following:
  • Potential to be a role model in their business or sector
  • Ability and passion to achieve success and results
  • Dedication to giving back or inspiring others
  • Recognition from others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
  • Where self-employed, recognised as building a business that is earmarked for success over time

Standard criteria

  • The nominee must be a graduate of the University of Canberra or the Canberra College of Advanced Education.
  • Nominees must be of good public standing and have a positive relationship with the University.
  • Nominees must be available to accept their award at the celebration on Friday 18 March 2022, 7-11pm in Canberra.
  • Nominees must be available for interview and be able to present additional supporting documents upon request.