Each year a student receiving an undergraduate degree is recognized by the Chancellor at the commencement ceremony for his or her extraordinary achievement as a student at UW Tacoma. The award recognizes an individual who has been a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and fellow students alike, and has overcome significant obstacles in order to complete a degree.
Nominations are solicited from campus, typically in March or April. Faculty, staff, students, and those affiliated with UW Tacoma are eligible to submit nominations.
- No longer than 2 pages in length, single-spaced;
- Address the fit between the nominee and the spirit of the award; barriers overcome can include academic, physical, personal, financial, or social constraints;
- The nominee must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or above through winter quarter (if enrolled) and either earned a degree in autumn quarter or have applied to graduate for winter, spring, or summer quarters of the current academic year;
Nominations must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office in person or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the nomination deadline.
The Office of the Registrar will verify that each nominee meets GPA requirements and has either graduated or has a graduation application on file.
The Chancellor’s Office selects the review committee and provides a rubric to assist the committee when reviewing candidates. The committee is provided the nominations that meet the eligibility requirements and nomination guidelines and is given one to two weeks to review the materials before meeting to make recommendations to the Chancellor. The Chancellor selects a medalist from the list of committee recommendations and nomination letters and notifies the medalist of the award.
|2017||Regina Harper||BA, Criminal Justice|
|2016||Jeffrey Lytle||BS, Computer Engineering & Systems|
|2015||Caleb Horst||BS, Computer Engineering & Systems; Computer Science & Systems (double major)|
|2014||Sharon Hunter||BS, Environmental Science|
|2013||Kylie Lanthorn||BA, Arts, Media and Culture; Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|2012||Andrea Roper||BA, Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|2011||Judith A. Jones||BA, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|2010||Jacque Clinton||BA, Politics and Values; Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|2009||Gary Belvin||BS, Computer Engineering and Systems; Institute of Technology|
|2008||Heather Wait||BA, Social Welfare; Social Work|
|2007||Halley Hudson||BA, Social Welfare; Social Work|
|2006||Chantel Rios||BS, Nursing|
|2005||Chad Japhet||BA, American Studies; Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|2004||Christopher Bjornstad||BA, Accounting; Milgard School of Business|