Graduate medals

The Graduate Medals are awarded in the following categories:

Convocation Medal (undergraduate)

Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree prior to the nominations closing date, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.

Edmund Barton Medal (master's by coursework)

Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a master’s by coursework degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community. Read more about Edmund Barton, the first Prime Minister of Australia.

Rita and John Cornforth Medal (PhD)

Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a PhD, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community. Read more about Rita and John Cornforth, the inspiring scientists behind this medal.

Sister Alison Bush Medal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

Awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community. Read more about the icon and pioneer, Sister Alison Bush.

John C Harsanyi Medal (international student)

Awarded to an international student who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may have also contributed to the broader community. Read more about John C Harsanyi, the economist whose work inspired this medal.

Nigel C Barker Medal (sporting)

Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University through sporting achievement, and may also have contributed to the broader community. Read more about the outstanding athlete and sportsman, Nigel C Barker.