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 UC Irvine. The award recognizes UC Irvine’s most outstanding undergraduates. Eligible students must be graduating this FY23-24.

Congratulations to our Class of 2024 Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recipients! View this year’s recipients.


Recipients will be honored with:

  • An award certificate signed by the Chancellor.
  • A blue and gold cord to be worn at Commencement.
  • Name to be listed in the commemorative Commencement program.


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

  • A completed application form.
  • A UC Irvine official or unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office.
  • A letter of recommendation from a UC Irvine 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 occurs just prior to graduation. No phone calls please.

Selection Criteria

Graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.500 or higher and an outstanding record of involvement in, and contribution to, the UC Irvine 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 UC Irvine campus community through research, leadership or service.

This is a one-time award. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply. Students graduating prior to the 2023-2024 academic year need not apply.

Selection Process

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