About the Alumni Awards

UC Santa Cruz recognizes and honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, made distinct contributions to society, provided impactful contributions to UC Santa Cruz, and who have embodied the values and spirit of the university.


Left to right: Kenneth Marlow Watkins, Gwenda Watkins Motley, Angela Watkins Malone; Jim Lapsley, Chancellor Cynthia Larive, Bettina Aptheker, Abel Pineda, Mark Phillips.
From left to right: Kenneth Marlow Watkins, Gwenda Watkins Motley, and Angela Watkins Malone (accepting the Alumni Achievement Award on behalf of their sister, bell hooks); Jim Lapsley, Chancellor Cynthia Larive, Bettina Aptheker, Abel Pineda, and Mark Phillips.

2023 Alumni Award recipients and celebration event

UC Santa Cruz recognizes and honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, made distinct contributions to society, provided impactful contributions to UC Santa Cruz, and who have embodied the values and spirit of the university.

On Friday, October 27, 2023, we honored and celebrated seven amazing alumni. Relive the event and meet these outstanding alumni.

Nominations Open in 2024.

Fiat Lux Award

The Fiat Lux Award

The Fiat Lux Award honors alumni and friends of UC Santa Cruz who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and distinguished service in support of the University’s programs and goals.

2023 Alumni Awards Celebration

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to UC Santa Cruz graduates who are renowned for their distinguished professional achievement, leadership, and service to the community.

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award recognizes UC Santa Cruz alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, who are recognized for their notable achievements. This award recognizes recent alumni for their extraordinary professional achievements or contributions to society. This is a new award.

2023 UCSC Ethos Award

UCSC Ethos Award

The UC Santa Cruz Ethos Award recognizes UC Santa Cruz alumni whose work and contribution to their community embodies and reflects the ethos of UC Santa Cruz. The Ethos award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and who exemplify and enrich UCSC’s principles of community. This is a new award.