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Nominate an alum

Help us celebrate the remarkable achievements of University of Victoria graduates. Nominate a friend, family member, colleague or former classmate for a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1 of 3 categories:

  • Presidents’ Alumni Awards
  • Indigenous Community Alumni Awards
  • Emerging Alumni Awards

Learn more about each category


  • to be eligible, your nominee must a hold degree, diploma or certificate from UVic (as conferred by the Senate), have completed 15 units of studies at Victoria College or graduated from Victoria Normal School
  • alumni who have only received an honorary degree from UVic are not eligible
  • current or recent members of the UVic Alumni Association Board (i.e., past 2 years) and members of their families are not eligible
  • members of public office are not eligible during their term
  • alumni who have previously received a Distinguished Alumni Award are not eligible
  • nominees for the Emerging Alumni Award must have graduated within 10 years of the nomination deadline

How to nominate

Submit a nomination form online for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards by Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.


  • nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards are accepted year-round
  • cut-off for consideration for the 2024 awards is Oct. 13, 2023

Nomination package

Each nomination submitted via the online form must include:

  • a complete nomination form
  • "tell us more about the nominee" questions
  • up to 2 optional letters of support

This is your chance to tell us more about the nominee in 7 short questions. In this section of the form, the nominator should address the eligibility criteria and detail why the nominee deserves to be recognized using the following questions (note that only questions #1 and #2 are required):

Bullet point format is acceptable. Please refrain from including links for supporting materials, these will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  1. Briefly describe your relationship to the nominee. (max. 100 words)
  2. Clearly explain the nominee’s accomplishments. (max. 200 words)
  3. What impact have the nominee’s accomplishments had on their profession, community and/or society (either locally, nationally and/or internationally)? (max. 200 words)
  4. In what ways does the nominee’s work and/or accomplishments inspire action, emotion or a response in others? (max. 200 words)
  5. How are the nominee’s achievements exceptional? What differentiates them from others? (max. 150 words)
  6. At the University of Victoria, we are deeply committed to contributing to a better future for people, places and the planet. In what ways does the nominee bring great distinction to UVic? (max. 150 words)
  7. In addition to what has been asked above, is there anything else you would like us to know in considering this nomination? (max. 100 words)

Up to 2 letters will be considered, in the order in which they are received. Letters of support are optional but strongly encouraged.

  • reference letter(s) are intended to support and add broader detail to the written statement and summary questions
  • referees should be able to personally comment on the specific achievements, contributions and the impact of the actions of the person nominated
  • we recommend you select referees with high standing in their community, field or profession
  • letters can be 1-2 pages in length. If a letter exceeds this length, then only the 2 pages will be reviewed
  • letters of support must be written specifically for the Distinguished Alumni Awards program
  • letters of support must not be written by the nominator

These items will not be reviewed by the selection committee:

  • resumes or curriculum vitaes
  • additional support letters beyond the 2 maximum
  • supporting materials including lists of academic publications, video footage and news articles

More information for nominators

  • if you have previously shared an unsuccessful nomination, we encourage you to submit again
  • we strongly recommend you connect with nominees while compiling the nomination package, as they may be able to provide key information to support and strengthen the submission


UVic embeds practices of equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion and dialogue throughout the university community so that all members feel welcomed, valued and supported to achieve their highest potential. We welcome and encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of our graduates.

Need help?

Email us or call or 250-721-6000 if you have questions about eligibility or how to submit a nomination form.