College Celebration


32nd Annual College Celebration

After much discussion, we have decided to cancel this year’s College Celebration. This was a difficult decision to make, but large in-person events on campus are still restricted, and we are not expecting that policy to change for this fall.

For more than 30 years, we’ve enjoyed celebrating the advancement and accomplishments of our college and its impact on agriculture, the environment and social and human needs. We’ve thoroughly enjoy handing out the Award of Distinction, treating guests to the farmers market graciously donated by alumni and friends of the college, and catching up with all of you.

We still plan to move forward with our 2021 College Celebration on Friday, October 15, 2021.

We will continue to accept nominations for the Award of Distinction. You may nominate an outstanding alumni, young alumni, friend, faculty, emeriti faculty and/or staff below. As for the nominations that have already been submitted, we will automatically move those forward to next year’s event.

2021 Award of Distinction Nominations

Nomination Deadline: March 26, 2021

Recipients Announced: August 2021

Ways to Nominate

Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Complete the online nomination form here.
  • E-mail or mail to Julie Klein
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

    Dean's Office, 150 Mrak
    University of California
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616-8571
    Phone: (530) 752-2120

Nominator's Submission Checklist

  • Complete the Award of Distinction nomination form. Deadline: March 26, 2021
  • In a separate attachment, describe the nominee's excellence in leadership, achievement, support, and/or meritorious service that benefits or brings distinction to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, specifically documenting your nominee's unique qualifications.
  • At least one letter of support to second the nomination is required with contact information of author.
  • No more than five support letters will be reviewed.

Please ensure the letters:

  • Define the nominee's relationship with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Identify the nature of the relationship the author has with the nominee.
  • Provide a comprehensive view of the nominee's contributions. A variety of perspectives can be helpful.
  • Describe how the nominee has gone over and above what was required to achieve his or her current success.
  • Attach the nominee's résumé or curriculum vitae (CV), if available. (If you must break confidentiality to gain this document, please submit without the resume or CV.)
  • Please make sure the nominees, nominators, and those writing the letters of support all have contact information included in the nomination packet.

For help completing your nomination or for a hard-copy form, contact Julie: (530) 341-4397 or

NOTE: These awards are highly competitive. Please make every effort to keep the nomination confidential from your nominee.

Past Recipients

Click here for a look at the past Award of Distinction recipients.


Coming in August 2021.

Student Registration

Coming in August 2021.


5:30pm - Award of Distinction Ceremony

6:30-8:00pm - Reception and farmers market


ARC Pavilion, UC Davis

Attendee Information

Coming in August 2021.