Chancellor's Award of Distinction

The Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recognizes an exceptional group of graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI. The award recognizes UCI’s most outstanding undergraduates.

Recipients will be honored with:

  • An award certificate signed by the Chancellor.
  • A blue and gold cord to be worn at commencement.
  • Their name listed in the commemorative commencement program with a statement of congratulations from the Chancellor.

Selection Criteria:

Graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.500 or higher and an outstanding record of involvement in, and contribution to, the UCI campus community are eligible for the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. Awardees must have shown exemplary character while devoting their time and talents to benefit the UCI campus community through research, leadership or service.

Selection Process:

The Chancellor’s Award of Distinction selection process is coordinated by the UC Irvine Alumni Association. UCIAA will assemble a cadre of alumni to read the submitted application materials and evaluate them according to the established criteria. The selection committee will identify the top extraordinary students from each school to be honored.


Application process:

Qualified applicants with a 3.500 GPA or higher will be required to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A UCI Official or Unofficial Transcript from the Registrar's Office
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a UCI faculty or staff member
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A Personal Essay detailing their qualifications for the honor
Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow instructions carefully within the application to ensure their application is considered. Announcement of recipients will occur just prior to graduation. No phone calls please. 


The application window for Fall 2015 - Summer 2016 graduating seniors:

1st Day to Submit Applications: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:00am PDT

Deadline to Submit Applications: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 4:00pm PDT

Download Application



Congratulations to our latest recipients:


2015 Chancellor's Award of Distinction