12 July 2019 | Story Eloise Calitz

The University of the Free State (UFS) is delighted to announce that the nominations for the 37th Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are open and it can be submitted until 26 July 2019. This award ceremony, which is one of the universities most prestigious annual events, takes place on the Bloemfontein Campus on 7 September 2019.

Through the Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, the UFS celebrates its outstanding alumni who place the university on the world stage. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge and honour individuals for achievements in both their personal capacity and occupational fields. These individuals bring pride to the university through their achievements as leaders, mentors, and ambassadors – both locally and abroad – and is well respected among peers and their community.

Creating opportunities for students to build long-term relationships with their alma mater are important, and the awards provide a platform where alumni can be honoured for their achievements.

Nominations open until 26 July 2019

Nominations can be made in five categories, namely:

  1. The Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
  2. Young Alumnus of the Year Award;
  3. Cum Laude Award;
  4. Executive Management Award; and the 
  5. Kovsie Ambassador Award, which is bestowed upon a current student whose achievements have brought distinction to him/her, benefited his/her community, and brought credit to the University of the Free State.

Nominations can be submitted in writing to the Alumni Office at alumni@ufs.ac.za, using the Alumni Awards Nomination Form 2019, before 12:00 on 26 July 2019.

Alumni winners 2018

Alumni winners, honoured at the 2018 Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumni Awards.
From the left: Dr Mafu Rakometsi (Cum Laude Award), Gustav Wilson (Kovsie Ambassador Award), Dr Pieter du Toit (Alumni National Executive Chairperson), Ace Moloi (Young Alumnus of the Year Award), Dr Khotso Mokhele (UFS Chancellor), Prof Dave Lubbe (Executive Management Award), Dr Suzanne Staples (Cum Laude Award), Prof Francis Petersen (UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor), Bertus Jacobs (Kovsie Ambassador Award), and Tshepo Moloi (Kovsie Ambassador Award).

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