Dean’s Reception for Graduating Student Leaders

Every year, the Dean of Arts hosts a special reception to recognize and celebrate soon-to-be Arts graduates who have dedicated themselves as leaders and have made an impact during their time at UBC.

Nominations for 2024 have now closed. We’d like to thank all who took the time to submit a nomination. Nominations for 2025 will open in early 2025.


Students, faculty, alumni, or staff can nominate a graduating student to attend the reception in recognition of their leadership contribution. The Dean’s Reception takes place at the end of Term 2.

Graduating student leaders who have made exceptional impacts may additionally be nominated for an Outstanding Leader Award, for which there are three categories:

  • Outstanding Leader in the Faculty of Arts
  • Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community
  • Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community and Beyond

  • The depth and impact of the nominee’s contributions to the community
  • Demonstrated leadership and integrity in the scope of their involvement
  • Demonstrated vision, innovation, or creativity in their work
  • Providing inspiration and motivation to others as a mentor and/or role model
  • Good academic standing (although grades are not the most important factor, they are considered during the selection process)

The nomination process is now open.

For the nominator:
Note that once you submit your nomination form, your nominee will automatically receive an email to submit their personal statement and resume. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cecilia Langill, Arts Student Engagement Officer, at

Please submit your nomination form by 11:59PM on Friday, February 23.

For the nominee:
Once nominated for an Outstanding Leadership award, you will automatically receive an email notifying you of your nomination and asking for a personal statement and resume. These documents, along with the content of the nomination, will help inform the Awards Adjudication Committee’s decision on a recipient. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cecilia Langill, Arts Student Engagement Officer, at

Please submit your nominee statement by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 28. Late submissions will not be considered.

Award recipients

2023: Atticus Yus & Ashley Samsone

2022: Lorena Edah & Julian Lam

2021: Helena Almeida & Anvesha Dwivedi

2020: Katja Sluga

2019: Camile Oliveira

2018: Javier Barreto-Gomez

2017: Astghik Hairapetian

2016: Audrey Tong & Viet Vu

2015: Nicole Aleong

2014: Paula Zelaya Cervantes & Erica Baker

2013: Jenny Chen & Selvan Ramis

2012: Amanda Cheong

2011: Caroline Durran & Claudia Pedrero

2010: Nicco Bautista

2009: Rory Babin

2023: Moha Chaturvedi, Nakoda Hunter &  Talynn English

2022: Makena Zimmerman & Aiyana Twigg

2021: Tiffany Lee & Lindsey Palmer

2020: Illerioluwa Okusi

2019: Filza Raza & Rohina Dass

2018: Rachel Garrett

2017: Nika Moeini

2016: Daniel Munro

2015: Eva Chan

2014: Benjamin Jelsma

2013: Thilini Leitan

2012: Justin Yang

2023: Fatima Rua

2022: Njamba KoffiEman Alsulaiti

2021: Umaiyahl Nageswaran & Danni Olusanya

2020: Daniela Gallegos & George Radner

2019: Maryam Dada & Aydan Con

2018: Katherine Moore

2017: Morrell Andrews and Jory Smallenberg

2016: Emily Chan and Maria Dawson

2015: James Timperley

2014: Lina Zdruli

2013: Salima Hirji

2012: Tarini Fernando

2011: Elysa Hogg

2010: Diana K. Moreiras & Michelle Cheong

2009: Robyn Plasterer

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