UC Davis Medal

UCD Medal

About the UC Davis Medal 

The UC Davis Medal is the highest honor the campus bestows on individuals to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’s Vision of Excellence. Recipients of the medal inspire and support the success and engagement of our students, faculty, staff and alumni as they learn, experiment and achieve to their fullest individual and collective potential. Medalists foster a bold and innovative spirit in teaching, research and public service.

History and Description

The UC Davis Medal recognizes individuals of rare accomplishment “to be heralded today and in perpetuity” as extraordinarily special members of the UC Davis community.

The design of the UC Davis Medal represents, both figuratively and literally, the legacy of contributions UC Davis has made to the world in research and scholarly endeavors.

Depicted on the medal are the campus name and its motto, “Let There Be Light.” In the upper left quadrant are the life-giving rays of the sun. Below them, leaves of the bay laurel symbolize our proud history of achievement. Lines in the lower right quadrant may be seen as energy radiating from a source, roads leading to the future, or rows of crops in fertile California fields.

The spare, relatively unadorned design, which employs an official campus typeface, Futura, is timeless and distinctive. Jan Conroy, Class of 1977, designed the medal during his long career in university graphics, publications and communications. Jan retired in 2012.

Medal Protocol (PDF)



William Chancellor
William "Bill" Chancellor

Internationally renowned farming methods, early sustainable energy and agricultural database pioneer, Professor Emeritus William J. "Bill" Chancellor, came to UC Davis in 1957. He retired officially from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering, in 1994, but one might never have known it. For years after, Bill was seen on campus almost daily, continuing to mentor faculty and students. Typical of this devotion to his students was his planning, execution and sponsorship of symposia highlighting their achievements as part of the department's 100 Year Anniversary Celebration in 2015. 

Bill was notified before he died in February of this year that he had been named a recipient of the UC Davis Medal. Nongkarn Chancellor, Bill's wife of 56 years, and family members were there with Bill while Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter told him of his selection. Bill expressed being most honored by the news. Mrs. Chancellor accepted the medal on his behalf at the College of Engineering's commencement ceremony on June 16.  << See video 

Bruce Edwards
Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards, UC Davis Class of 1960, longtime champion of the Aggie life, was presented the UC Davis Medal at a gala in his honor on June 13, 2017.

As a college student majoring in physical education, Edwards had planned to become a coach after graduating. But an opportunity out of school with an industrial roofing company led him to a career as a highly successful entrepreneur in roofing and later in commercial real estate development.

Of the things that stand out about his UC Davis education, his participation in intramural sports helped him develop the skills to thrive in the competitive business arena.

Edwards is a longtime supporter of his alma mater with a lengthy list of volunteer activities to his credit. He has served as chair of the UC Davis Foundation Board, a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Director's Leadership Council and a committee member on the Campaign for UC Davis, among others.

Under Edwards’ leadership in initiating the UC Davis Foundation Matching Fund for Student Support, the Foundation Board and other donors created with their gifts some 40 endowments to fund student scholarships, fellowships and awards.  << See video


Evelyne and Rich Rominger
Evelyne and Richard RomingerDavis Alums, Dedicated Public Servants and Longtime Volunteers

Evelyne and Richard (Rich) Rominger's relationship with UC Davis was forged long before they enrolled as undergraduates and met here in the late 1940s--both of their families had already established historical ties to the university. In their distinguished careers, Rich served as head of the California Department of Food and Agriculture under Governor Jerry Brown, and later was appointed by then-president Bill Clinton to the post of deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he oversaw establishment of national farming standards. Evelyne was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown to serve on the Commission of the Californias and has been active in several area health associations over the years. A lifelong advocate for gender equality and social justice issues, she was a founding board member of the Yolo County Mental Health Association and chair of the California Conference for Comprehensive Health Planning. The Romingers received the medal on June 10, 2016, at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Commencement ceremony. << See video