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The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty and friends. Recipients of this prestigious award have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business or professional realms and bring honor to UMass Amherst and to their field of endeavor. Register today to attend the awards reception.

Nominations are now now closed for the 2017 awards.  

2017 Award Recipients


Michael G. Wessells '73 MA, '74 PhD
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Suzin M. Bartley '80
Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Robert F. Littleton Jr. '71

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Danielle O'Connor Dean '10
Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Melissa James '10
Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Léonce Ndikumana
Distinguished Faculty Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

Honoring alumni with national and/or international distinction who have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in public, business or professional realms and have shown their commitment to the university through financial, volunteer or advocacy efforts.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Honoring alumni for outstanding and significant contributions of service to a particular community and/or to the university in the way of financial, volunteer or advocacy support.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Honoring alumni who have graduated within the last ten years demonstrating accelerated career progression in public, business or professional realms and who have used their UMass Amherst education in a quest for excellence.

Distinguished Faculty Award

Honoring faculty members who have shown exceptional skill in their professional realm of teaching, research and student involvement. Their work demonstrates the value placed on teaching, credible contributions outside the classroom in research and creative activity, and efforts that significantly enhance the well-being and reputation of the university within the community at large.

Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award

Honoring individuals who have not earned a UMass Amherst degree but have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the advancement of the university through financial, volunteer or advocacy support.