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Open Call for Nominations for 2025 Recognition

UC San Diego has a history of embracing curiosity, of chasing and finding comfort in the unknown with an agile, open-minded spirit. The same is true of the 245,000 Tritons out there in the world: alumni who are making a difference at home, in their communities and around the globe. We invite you to nominate an exceptional alumna or alumnus for the award categories below.

The nomination form is available year-round. Submissions received after deadline will be considered for following year recognition.

Award Categories


Defined as, “one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen,” this award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has made a significant impact while creating positive change for the community at large. Nominate a Changemaker


Presented to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated innovation in their profession which has led to significant advancement in the field. Nominate a Trailblazer

Emerging Leader

Presented to an alumna or alumnus who has made a significant impact in her or his profession and/or community-at-large since graduation. Nominee must be either within 10 years of graduation or 35 years of age or younger at the time the award is presented. Nominate an Emerging Leader

International Award

In recognition of the incredible things UC San Diego alumni are doing around the globe, this award recognizes an individual who lives and works outside of the United States and has made a demonstrated impact in his or her career and/or community. Nominate an International Award

Outstanding Alumnus/a

Recognized as the most distinguished alumni honor, this award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding service and, through personal and/or professional achievement, has brought honor and distinction to the university. Nominate an Outstanding Alumnus/a

True Triton Volunteers

Presented to alumni who have gone above and beyond to help advance the mission of UC San Diego as dedicated volunteers. Whether by dedicating time to students and alumni, lending leadership skills to university initiatives, or acting as ambassadors for UC San Diego and higher education, True Tritons’ passion for their alma mater is both inspirational and aspirational. Nominate a True Triton Volunteer

The Selection Process

Comprised of volunteers, the Awards Selection Committee will carefully review each nomination and offer recommendations regarding those individuals whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated.

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