Celebrating our remarkable alumni

Griffith University believes in, strives for, and celebrates the remarkable. Never more so when recognising the successes of its alumni.

The University's Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of alumni, across their fields of endeavour and in their communities.

The awards are conducted on an annual basis and are open to all graduates of Griffith University and its predecessor institutions.


A former carpenter turned remote medico and founder of not-for-profit organisation ‘The Hands of Rescue’ (THOR) has been recognised with this year’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr Kirby’s award was one of four announced at an event on the Gold Coast on Friday September 6, 2019.

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Award Categories

Katarina Carroll

Outstanding Alumnus

For alumni who have demonstrated sustained, remarkable achievement in their work, industry and community.

Clinton Schultz

Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus

Celebrating exceptional alumni of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, excelling in their chosen fields.

Qiyong Liu

Outstanding International Alumnus

Recognising incredible alumni from all over the world who were previously enrolled as international students.

Jessie Christiansen

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Acknowledging the extraordinary accomplishments of early to mid-career alumni under the age of 40.

Academic group winners

The response to the call for nominations was outstanding, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the amazing achievements alumni of Griffith University are doing to take their place and make a difference in the world.

Griffith Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Business School, Griffith Health and Griffith Sciences have nominated their winners from each awards category. These winners will now go on to be finalists in the overall University awards.

2019 Academic group winners

2018 Academic group winners

The awards evening

Academic group winners, their guests and distinguished members of the Griffith community will attend the Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner on Friday 6 September 2019 on the Gold Coast.

The academic group winners stories will be shared and the evening will conclude with the announcement and presentation of the four overall Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Award categories.

In keeping with the theme of the evening, Griffith Alumnus and popular news presenter, Ms Eva Milic, will be returning to host the evening.

University winners

The Griffith Outstanding Alumni Awards were a first for Griffith in 2018. Expanding on the university's existing awards presented to alumni in academic areas, these awards recognised four overall remarkable alumni for their outstanding achievements in their professions and communities.

The 2019 University winners will be announced at the gala awards evening on Friday 6 September.

2019 University winners

2018 University winners

How to nominate

Nominations will open in early 2020.

2018 University Award Winners

Dr Jessie Christiansen Remarkable Alumni Winner Card

Planet hunter

Dr Jessie Christiansen


The great unknown of outer space is the ideal playground for a NASA astronomer.

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Professor Qiyong Liu Remarkable Alumni Winner Card

International scientist

Professor Qiyong Liu


Top scientist and public health specialist who has dedicated 30 years to combating health threats in
poor and vulnerable communities.

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Katarina Carroll Remarkable Alumni Winner Card

On the frontline

Katarina Carroll APM

Public Administration

Australia’s first female fire chief holds the torch for the next generation of leaders.

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Clinton Schultz Remarkable Alumni Winner Card

Cultural innovator

Clinton Schultz


A desire to help people and deep connection to culture has led this psychologist and social entrepreneur to do things a little differently.

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Inspiration starts here

With 200,000+ alumni achieving the remarkable across the globe, there are many stories to share and celebrate.


By nominating an alumnus of Griffith University for the Alumni Awards, both you and they agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

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