Alumni Arch Awards

Celebrating the risk-takers and trailblazers who’ve sparked meaningful change close to home and around the globe!

Celebrate our changemakers

Inspired by the difference our alumni make, the UCalgary Alumni Arch Awards began, in 1985, as a platform for the University of Calgary Alumni Association to honour and celebrate alumni who are making positive change in the world. Awards recognize alumni who have notably improved their profession and community through commitment, leadership and positive disruption.

Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

Please watch for more details to be announced about the Arch Awards Gala, which will be held on Sept. 8, 2018.

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International Career Achievement

The UCalgary Alumni Arch Award for International Career Achievement honours those whose international career accomplishments have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the university and are a real benefit to their communities.


Early Career Achievement

The UCalgary Alumni Arch Award for Early Career Achievement recognizes professional accomplishment or creative leadership in any field by an alumnus or alumna aged 30 or younger. The award honours recent graduates whose career success has brought distinction to themselves and credit to the university.


Community Commitment

The UCalgary Alumni Arch Award for Community Commitment recognizes a graduate who has made outstanding and significant contributions to their community through professional or volunteer service.


Alumni Service

The UCalgary Alumni Arch Award for Alumni Service recognizes a graduate whose philanthropy and/or volunteer commitment to advance the University of Calgary and its alumni. The award honours those who have improved the lives of fellow graduates and future alumni.


Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

The highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who, over the course of their life, has made a notable contribution that’s improved their profession and community. Having reached the pinnacle of professional and personal success, they enrich the lives of others through their leadership, shared knowledge, creativity and innovation.