The Diamond Award is the highest recognition by Student Affairs given to a Temple University undergraduate student. This recognition is based on a holistic evaluation of the student’s accomplishments. The Award is reserved for those who have demonstrated superior leadership, academic achievement, service to the University, and impact on a community (local, regional, or global). Through their leadership, it is clear that they are set apart from others as especially deserving of this unique honor. Award recipients are recognized at the Annual Diamond Award Ceremony.History
Prior to 2006, the Diamond Awards Ceremony celebrated students who received awards from the Office of Student Activities. These awards were reserved primarily for student organization leaders. In order to reach a larger population of the student body the Division of Student Affairs revised the awards program in 2006 to celebrate undergraduate students, University-wide, who received significant awards. The awards that were recognized at the Ceremony were selected by a committee of administrators. Previous award recipients included a Marshall Scholar recipient, Male and Female Athlete of the Year and the Student Leader of the Year Award.
In the fall of 2007, the Diamond Awards selection process was revised again to allow the Division of Student Affairs to celebrate the student’s overall Temple experience. This new process allows all students to apply for a Diamond Award. The new criteria enable the selection committee to recognize students for a combination of academic excellence, leadership, service to the University community and positive impact on the University community.