I was wondering if there was a specific word for this particular type of plaque/award? It's given to college graduates, to commemorate and represent their degree. I think it's mostly just called award/plaque, but I was looking for a better word to describe this particular object. Thank you!
Interesting, I have never seen something like that here in the U.S. Usually we just get a diploma for graduating. You might call this a trophy- that’s a 3D award for something that stands up on its own- usually in the shape of a cup but not always. I think a plaque would be more flat and something you’d hang on the wall.
I'd go with statue. The site is full of statues of appreciation (as they describe them).
This is called "crest" in our country. Perhaps the meaning in this context is
Crest- A distinctive device representing a family or corporate body, borne above the shield of a coat of arms (originally as worn on a helmet) or separately reproduced, for example on writing paper.