Distinguished Alumni Awards
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. Nominations are now now closed for the 2017 awards.
View recipient remarks from the 2017 awards ceremony.
2017 Award Recipients
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.