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Medals and awards

The following medals and awards are presented at graduation ceremonies when recipients are in attendance.

Tom Calma Medal

This medal is awarded in honour of the University of Canberra's first Indigenous Chancellor, Dr Tom Calma AO.

The Tom Calma Medal is presented annually to a graduating Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student considered to have achieved outstanding academic results and to have made a valuable contribution to the University or wider community.

Herbert Burton Medal

First awarded in 1984, the medal is named in honour of the late Emeritus Professor Herbert (Joe) Burton who chaired the committee that recommended the establishment of the University's precursor institution, the Canberra College of Advanced Education.

The Herbert Burton Medal is presented annually to a graduating student considered to have achieved outstanding academic results and to have made a valuable contribution to the University or wider community.

University Medal

The University Medal is awarded to a graduating student on the basis of the highest academic achievement from an eligible undergraduate degree or honours degree.

Chancellor's Commendation

The Chancellor's Commendation is awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade point average for their entire undergraduate program in each Faculty and is not eligible for the Herbert Burton Medal or a University Medal.

Dean's Excellence Award

Dean's Excellence Awards are awarded each semester to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 6.5 or higher and on an annual basis, and to part-time undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who achieve a GPA of 6.5 or above over the year.

Canberra Award

The Canberra Award is awarded at graduation and acknowledges that a student has successfully undertaken an active program of personal development over the course of their university career.