Alumni awards

Each year Deakin's Alumni Awards recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given exceptional service to the University.

2021 Alumni Awards

Celebrating its tenth year, this major event is an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions our alumni have made to their communities, their professions and to Deakin. As a valued member of our Deakin community, we hope that you can join us to celebrate the achievements of some of our exceptional alumni.

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2022 Alumni Awards – nominate an outstanding alumni

We are delighted to invite you to nominate a Deakin graduate or to self-nominate for the 2022 Deakin Alumni Awards. The 2021 Alumni Award nominations have now closed.

The two alumni award categories are:

  • Alumni of the Year (over 40 years of age)
  • Young Alumni of the Year (under 40 years of age at the time of nomination).

How to make a nomination

Nominations are via a submission of up to 500 words outlining how the nominee demonstrates the Deakin values in their professional and personal lives – you may highlight one or more of these values in your nomination.

Deakin's values are:

  • Excellent: We will strive for excellence in all aspects of our work, taking pride in being the best we can be.
  • Inclusive: We will value our diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community.
  • Ethical: We will always conduct our business with the highest standards of professional behaviour and integrity.
  • Sustainable: We will care about our shared future, integrating economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability in all we do.
  • Brave: We make bold decisions, demonstrate courage and ambition, and we support personal responsibility and accountability.
  • Dynamic: We are innovative and entrepreneurial, solving problems with creativity and flexibility.

Please note that the nominations are confidential and only the award winners and their nominators will be contacted by the Deakin Advancement Office. When nominating someone else, we ask that the nominees are not approached for information or advised of the nomination at any stage. Immediate family members cannot act as supporting referees in the nominations.*

Final selection of the Alumni Award winners will be made by the Vice-Chancellor in conjunction with the Chief Advancement Officer. The Awards will be presented in October 2022 and the winners will be contacted beforehand.

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to be nominated if you are a:

  • current Deakin University Advancement staff member
  • current Deakin University staff member who is not a Deakin graduate
  • current member of the Senior University Executive
  • Honorary degree recipient who did not also complete an award course at Deakin.

Please submit your nomination to Deakin University Advancement by Friday 6 May, 2022.

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Alumni awards videos

Our Alumni Award Winners YouTube playlist includes video interviews with our alumni, previous years dinners, speeches and more.

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Connect with us

Stay in touch with us to hear about the latest alumni opportunities, Deakin news and research and much more. You can email the Alumni Engagement team or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.