Alumni Awards

Cal alumni make amazing things happen in the world. Their accomplishments significantly benefit both society and our campus, advancing the common good and inspiring others to address challenges with insight and creativity. Their actions communicate the dynamic excellence of a UC Berkeley education and the importance of service as a component of the UC Berkeley philosophy. To celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni, the Cal Alumni Association sponsors five award categories for distinguished alumni and one award for an outstanding alumni chapter.

If you have questions, please contact awards@alumni.berkeley.edu or 510.900.8184.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumnus/a of the Year

The highest honor awarded to a prominent alumnus/a who has achieved distinction through exceptional contribution to our international, national, state, or community welfare. Relevant contribution(s) may occur in a single year or over a span of years, preferably extending into the year of selection.
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Excellence in Achievement

This award honors prominent alumni with records of exceptional career achievement. Past recipients represent a broad range of fields, including business, literature, energy conservation, filmmaking, politics, medicine, education, community development and more.
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Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus/a

This award honors a younger alumnus/a with accomplishments of significant importance at an early stage of his/her career (1-15 years out of school). This award pays tribute to Mark Bingham ’93, who died September 11, 2001, defending the United States on United Airlines Flight 93.
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Alumni Service Awards

Excellence in Service

This award recognizes Cal alumni who have rendered outstanding voluntary service to the Cal Alumni Association and/or the University.
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Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service by a Young Alumnus/a

This award honors young alumni who have made significant contributions of voluntary service to the Cal Alumni Association and/or the University within their first 15 years following graduation. The award pays tribute to Bradford S. King, who died in 1983 at the age of 28. King devoted countless hours to revitalizing University traditions.
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Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award

This award honors a CAA chartered alumni chapter who has rendered outstanding voluntary service to alumni in their local region or area of special interest over the course of the chapter’s existence.
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