Please refer to the University’s Glossary of Terms for policies and procedures.
1. Purpose of procedures
These procedures provide details on the selection criteria and basis for the awarding of University and Faculty Medals, as well as University and Faculty Commendation for Academic Excellence, which recognise and formally acknowledge those graduates who have demonstrated the highest academic levels of achievement in their studies.
2. Eligibility Criteria
2.1 These commendations and medals are awarded to students graduating from an undergraduate award program (other than an End-on Bachelor Honours Degree) or a postgraduate coursework award program. Graduates of End-on Bachelor Honours Degrees and Higher Degrees by Research are not eligible for these awards.
2.2 University and Faculty Medals and Commendations are awarded in recognition of exceptional academic excellence and are normally based on the graduating student’s final Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), as calculated in accordance with the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) – Academic Policy. Table 1 sets out the range of GPA eligibility criteria.
Table 1. Eligibility Criteria for Award of University and Faculty Medals and Commendations
|Award type||Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)||Program Level/Type||Minimum units completed at USC|
|University Medal||6.80 or more||Undergraduate||192 units|
|Faculty Medal||6.60 to 6.79||Undergraduate||192 units|
|University Commendation for Academic Excellence||6.5 to better*||Undergraduate|
|Faculty Commendation for Academic Excellence||6.0 to 6.49||Undergraduate|
|University Commendation for Academic Excellence (Postgraduate)||6.6 or better||Postgraduate Coursework||96 units|
* Students who qualify for a Medal do not receive a University Commendation as well.
2.3 To be eligible for consideration for a University or Faculty medal, the student must have undertaken at least 192 units of study at the University. Students who do not meet this criteria will be considered for a Faculty or University Commendation for Academic Excellence.
2.4 Undergraduate students who are eligible for consideration for a University or Faculty Commendation based on their final GPA, but who have completed less than 192 units of study at USC, may have their performance in any previous studies awarded as credit taken into account. Refer to section 3.
2.5 Students graduating with a Concurrent Double Degree will be eligible for consideration for a single Faculty or University medal or commendation on the basis of their Cumulative Grade Point Average.
3. Eligibility of Credit Transfer
3.1 Undergraduate students who are eligible for consideration for a University or Faculty Commendation based on their final GPA, but who have completed less than 192 units of study at USC, will have their overall Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated taking into account any credit awarded for previous studies.
3.2 If any credit transfer granted for previous studies cannot, for whatever reason, be equated to a USC standard grade, or credit has been awarded on the basis of Recommended Prior Learning, such that it is not possible to add up to 192 units, then an award will not be conferred.
3.3 Postgraduate students who have undertaken any cross institutional study or who have been awarded credit for previous study and who do not complete an additional 96 points of study at the University will not be considered for a commendation.
4.1 The recipients of commendations and medals will be determined by the Director, Student Services and Engagement, in accordance with these procedures, and will be advised to the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor. Details of students to be awarded will also be forwarded to each Executive Dean.
4.2 Determination of the awards will be made prior to each Graduation Ceremony and will include consideration of all students who have been graduated since the previous Graduation Ceremony.
5.1 A notation stating that a commendation or medal has been awarded will be included on the recipient’s statement of academic record.
5.2 The award of a commendation or medal will be notified to Academic Board and will be acknowledged at the appropriate Graduation Ceremony.