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Distinguished Alumni

Recipient List

Number of Awards

There is no limit to the number of Distinguished Alumni Awards granted annually, but awards have averaged fewer than 8 per year to preserve the stature of the designation.


All living graduates of the University, who have received a bachelor's degree, or an advanced degree, and former students (who have attended full-time as a degree seeking student and satisfactorily passed a minimum of one semester) are eligible for consideration of the award. However, current members of the Board of Trustees, current employees of the University, and current officers and members of the Executive Board of the Alumni Association are not eligible for the award.


The nomination phase for 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award candidates is now closed.

Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award candidates will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017. Please return to this site to download the official nomination form in July.

Selecting Body

Penn State Board of Trustees


Nominations are solicited annually beginning in July. Selections are made at the November Board of Trustees meeting. The award is presented at the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony held during the Alumni Reunion Weekend in early June.


Office of the Board of Trustees, 205 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802

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