Award Categories

The Awards Selection Committee, made up of elected members of UCSD Alumni’s governing board, reviews each candidate nomination and selects those persons whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated.

Outstanding Alumnus


Awarded to an alumna or alumnus of an undergraduate or graduate program of UC San Diego, who has rendered special or outstanding service, or, through personal achievement, has brought honor and distinction to the University.

Distinguished Leadership


Awarded to an alumna or alumnus of an undergraduate or graduate program at UC San Diego, whose dedication and volunteer commitment has significantly enriched the University.

Emerging Leader

Presented to an alumnus or alumna who has made a significant impact on their profession and/or community at large since graduation. The nominee must be 35 years of age or younger at the time the award is presented.

Honorary Alumnus or Alumna

Awarded to a faculty, staff or community member for outstanding service and contribution to the University and greater San Diego community.