Dean’s Reception for Graduating Student Leaders

Each year in March, the Dean of Arts hosts a special reception to recognize and celebrate Arts undergraduate students (who will be graduating in May or November) who have dedicated themselves as leaders that have made an impact during their time at UBC.

Students, faculty, alumni or staff can nominate a graduating student to attend the reception in recognition of their leadership contribution. 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

Once nominated for an Outstanding Leadership award, an email will be sent to the nominee alerting them of their nomination and asking for a personal statement and resume. These documents, along with the content of the nomination, will help inform the Selection Committee’s decision on a recipient.

The following considerations will help determine the recipients:

  • The depth and impact of the nominee’s contributions to the UBC/Community
  • Demonstrated leadership in the scope of their involvement
  • Good academic standing (although grades are not the most important factor, they are considered during the selection process)

Enquiries can be forwarded to:

2019 Award Winners

View photographs from this year’s event.

Dr. Gage Averill with award winner Camile Oliveira


Dr. Gage Averill with award winner Rohina Dass


Dr. Gage Averill with award winner Filza Raza


Dr. Gage Averill with award winner Maryam Dada


Dr. Gage Averill with award winner Aydan Con


Outstanding Student Leader in the Faculty of Arts
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

Outstanding Student Leader in the UBC Community
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

Outstanding Student Leader from the UBC Community to Beyond
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

Academic Contributions to the Faculty of Arts
2016 Skyler Wang and Aidan Pine