We salute our Innovation Academy graduates every year for their commitment to serving the global community with their innovative spirit. SUMMIT is the Innovation Academy Award Ceremony where eligible IA graduates receive their Innovation Medallion and celebrate with the graduating class.  

IA holds two Summits every year: Spring and Summer.

Family and friends of the graduates are also invited and parking details are provided before the event.

Registration and business attire are required to attend SUMMIT. Registration is dependant on the timing of each specific SUMMIT event. Scroll to the bottom of the page for application when open!

Graduating in the Fall?

Fall UF IA graduates are eligible to attend the preceding Summer Summit. Please notify the office if you would like to partake in the Summer Summit ceremony. If you are not attending the Summit celebration you are welcome to pick up your medallion at the IA Office.

Medallion Pick-up Procedure:

IA student can present themselves to the Administrative Specialist/IA Director for medallion pick-up during select days & hours:

  • December 11th from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • December 12th from 9am to 11:45am
  • December 13th from 1:30 to 4:00pm
  • Alternate arrangements can be made by emailing
  • Bring your Gator ID card
  • Students may only pick up their own medallion – No student is allowed to pick up for a friend or family member, etc. 
  • No borrowing of medallions is allowed for any purpose, including for graduation pictures, regardless of graduation status
  • Students should only pick up medallion during the designated hours unless prior arrangements have been made
  • We will not mail any medallions, pick-up only

UF Innovation Academy – Summit Awards


Two students will be selected as IA Scholars Awardees, one who entered UF as a freshmen (Four-Year Scholar) and one who entered as a transfer student (Two-Year Scholar (if in the graduating class).

  • IA Scholar Four-Year recipient
  • IA Scholar Two-Year recipient

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected on the following criteria in the following order:

  • IA minor GPA
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Additional Academic credentials (Combined Degree Programs, Dual Degree Programs, Additional Minors, Other academic endeavors)

This award will be presented to a student who has continually exhibited outstanding creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, leadership and ethics for the betterment of the Innovation Academy and the University of Florida.

Nomination Process

Students will be nominated by IA faculty and staff. IA Director will review all applications and determine final winner.


This award will be presented to a student who has continually demonstrated the qualities and personal attributes reflective of a promising student leader through their dedication to the ideals, ethics and principles of innovation in their chosen profession, for the betterment of present and future students of the UF Innovation Academy.

Nomination Process

Students will nominate themselves or other graduating students by completing an online application that will be submitted to the IA professional team for selection. Students will be selected based on their contributions to leadership throughout the UF community (local community, campus community, IA community).

Application Opens: July 12th

Application Closes: July 31st at midnight

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be a graduate of the Innovation Minor.
  • The applicant must demonstrate leadership qualities and personal attributes of a promising student and young professional leader.
  • ​The applicant must have shown outstanding promise for continuing service in his or her community, to the University of Florida and/or Innovation Academy and leadership in their chosen profession. Specific examples of continuing activities/future goals are recommended.

Application Information

Please fill out and submit the application on this website. Applications must be submitted by the deadline.

The Emerging Leader Award selection committee will review nominations and make a final decision on who will receive the awards. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. The award will be presented at the Spring and Summer Summit Ceremonies, but there is no requirement that the award be given at each ceremony.

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IA Graduation Medallion

In recognition for completing the Innovation Minor, Innovation Academy graduating students receive a graduation medallion. The Graduation Medallion is a symbolic declaration of their dedication to their industry and professional development. It highlights their unique academic achievement and declares their readiness to serve as a change agent.

Spring 2020 Summit Registration - TBD