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Graduating students are eligible for a number of graduation awards:

Chancellor's Medal

The University Council awards the Chancellor's Medal in recognition of outstanding achievements by graduates of the University who have:

  • made a distinguished contribution to the local or wider community; and/or
  • provided outstanding support and service to members of the University; and
  • achieved a high level of academic performance throughout their program of study at the University.

Nominations for the Chancellor's Medal may be made by any staff member of the University, by another student or by a member of the University Alumni (a student cannot self-nominate). Nominees need to meet the following criteria:

  • clearly demonstrates a distinguished contribution to University life and/or the community which is above and beyond any requirements for their award program;
  • has achieved a high level of academic performance. Consideration will not normally be given to any graduating student who has a GPA of less than 6.0 (Honours students require a class IIA or better, all completed HDR students are included). If a nominee has a GPA of less than that required then the nomination needs to include details of the special circumstances relating to the nominee which would support a lower requirement;
  • has completed at least two-thirds of their graduating program at USC;
  • has not previously been awarded a Chancellor's Medal.

Nominees are considered by a panel consisting of the Chancellor (Chair), the Vice-Chancellor and President, the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and an elected student member of Council.

If you would like to nominate a graduating student for this medal please complete the online nomination form. All nomination forms must be submitted no later than 4pm Monday 5 September 2016. When completing the nomination form you will need to consult with your nominee to provide details on their academic performance and describe their contribution to University life and/or the Community.

The next Chancellor's Medal/s will be awarded to the recipient/s at the Graduation ceremony they are invited to attend. The next USC Graduation ceremonies will be held at Sippy Downs in late September 2016.

Enquiries regarding the Chancellor's Medal may be directed to Anthony Saint (Acting Associate Director, Student Services and Engagement), phone: +61 7 5430 1279 or email asaint@usc.edu.au.

University Medal

A University Medal may be awarded to graduating students enrolled in a three or four year Bachelor's degree, in recognition of academic excellence. To be eligible a student must have undertaken at least 192 unit points at the University and must have achieved a final Cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.80 or more (refer to Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) Institutional Operating Policy).

Faculty Medals

A Faculty Medal may be awarded to graduating students enrolled in a three or four year Bachelor's degree, in recognition of academic excellence. To be eligible a student must have undertaken at least 192 unit points at the University and must have achieved a final Cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.60 to 6.79 (refer to Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) Institutional Operating Policy).

High-achieving members of the community can be considered for honorary awards. The Honorary Awards Committee, chaired by the Chancellor, meets twice a year to assess nominations for honorary awards in accordance with the Honorary Awards – Governing Policy.

USC bestows the following honorary awards:  

Doctor of the University

An honorary award of Doctor of the University may be made to a person in recognition of excellence and extraordinary achievement in a significant area of human endeavour.

Senior Fellow

An honorary award of Senior Fellow may be made to a person in recognition of a significant and sustained contribution to the development of the University or of the Sunshine Coast region.

Emeritus Professor

An honorary award of Emeritus Professor of the University may be made to a person who has occupied the position of professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has rendered sustained and distinguished service to the University. Through leadership or personal performance, this service has added to the University’s reputation in one or more of these areas: research, scholarship, teaching, academic innovation, management or community service.

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