Alumni Friends established and supports an annual award, which is presented to The University of Queensland Graduate of the Year. This is an annual prize, first presented in 1999.
The prize is bestowed on the student who, in the opinion of the selection committee, is the most appropriate candidate to be recognised as The University Graduate of the Year—exemplifying the values of the University (as documented in The University of Queensland Strategic Plan) and demonstrating academic excellence. Each Faculty is invited to recommend one candidate as the Faculty nominee for consideration for the University award. Nominees must be the University Medallist with the highest GPA in the Faculty. In the event of a Faculty having two or more University Medallists with identical GPA scores, the Executive Dean of that Faculty—in consultation with the relevant Head of School(s) —is required to exercise their discretion as to the selection of the Faculty nominee.
The Graduate of the Year receives an engraved trophy/memento (which is presented to the recipient, by the Chancellor and the President of Alumni Friends, at the annual UQ Courting the Greats celebrations), and complimentary membership of Alumni Friends for one year.
Previous recipients of the Graduate of the Year Award are:
|1999||Adrian Seet BEng (Electrical/Electronics) First Class Honours|
|2000||Karen Henricksen BInf.Tech (Software) First Class Honours|
|2001||Karen Dancer BSc (Pure Mathematics) First Class Honours|
|2002||Elizabeth Krenske BSc (Chemistry) First Class Honours|
|2003||Dylan Radcliffe BEng First Class Honours|
|2004||Mark Dowling BA/BSc First Class Honours|
|2005||Lindsay Hogan BAppSc First Class Honours|
|2006||Trent Carmichael BSc/BComm First Class Honours|
|2007||Kim Marie Hajek BSc First class Honours, BA First Class Honours|
|2008||Michael Oliver Statham BAppSc (Optom) First Class Honours, QUT MBBS First Class Honours|
|2009||Nicholas R. Beaton BSc (Mathematics) First Class Honours|
|2010||Karl J. P. Davy BSc (Chemistry) First Class Honours|
|2011||Amy Chan BSc (Mathematics) First Class Honours|
|2011||Christian Hoemann BE (Software Enginering) First Class Honours|
|2011||Nicola Stromsoe BSc (Gepgraphical Science) First Class Honours|
|2011||Ernest Tee B Biotechnology (Drug Design and Development) First Class Honours|
|2011||Jack Valmadre BE (Mechatronic Engineering) First Class Honours|
|2012||Hilary Martin BSc (Genetics) First Class Honours|
|2012||Mitchell Watt BSc (Mathematics) First Class Honours|
|2013||James Bennett BSc (Chemistry) First Class Honours|
|2013||Patrick Doolan BSc (Mathematics) First Class Honours|
|2013||Scott Fisher BE (Mechanical and Aerospace) First Class Honours|
|2013||Talia Pettigrew BSc (Chemistry) First Class Honours|
|2014||Aaron Brooker Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)|
|2014||Morgan Lewis Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)|
|2014||Tayla Tatzenko Bachelor of Biomedical Science|
|2015||Nicholas J. Doyle Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)|
|2015||Kianoosh Soltani Naveh Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic Engineering)|
|2015||Julian A. Tonino Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)|
|2016||Gabriel Perry, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2015, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2015.|
|2017||Kaela Armitage, Bachelor of Pharmacy (First Class Honours) 2016.|
2018 Dr Bethany Holt, Bachelor of Arts (2012), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2017).
2019 Jason Lejcak, Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) 2018.