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Alumni Awards

Every year during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni honors members of the Southwestern community who exemplify the Core Values of the University and the mission of The Association.

Call for Nominations

The Association of Southwestern University Alumni is currently accepting online nominations for our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Click here to submit a nomination. Nominations will be accepted through May 31, 2014. All honorees will be celebrated at the Alumni Awards Presentation Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.


Distinguished Alumni Award Categories

Medal of Honor

Awarded to alumni whose accomplishments are regarded as the highest form of achievement. The purpose of the award is to recognize achievements that are rare and important.

Distinguished Southwestern Service

Presented to alumni who meet the following criteria:

  • Service to the University over a long period of time.
  • Service to his/her community, state and nation.
  • Leadership in his/her chosen profession, business or vocation.
  • Creativity of an artistic or literary nature, where applicable.

Distinguished Humanitarian

Presented to alumni who have made a global impact on the human race by their actions while exemplifying Southwestern University’s Core Values.

Distinguished Young Alumnus/a

Presented to alumni in recognition of perseverance and dedication to a given area. The honored recipient must have graduated from Southwestern within the past 10 years and have demonstrated success, innovation and/or leadership either in his/her personal, academic or professional life.

Distinguished Professional

Presented to Southwestern University alumni who have performed exceptional civic and/or professional services in a given geographic area or field of endeavor. Recipients represent the highest standards of Southwestern University’s commitment to a values-centered curriculum, development of the whole person and exemplifies Southwestern University’s Core Values.

Mr./Ms. Homecoming 

An honor given to a member of the faculty as a token of the affection and respect of former students. The award symbolizes the strength of the University: the strong personal relationships between students and faculty. It states clearly that alumni recall with appreciation what the recipient contributed to the education and development of former students.