Alumni Awards

Cornell College is proud to honor alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the life of the college and to society.

Awards may be presented annually at the Homecoming Convocation ceremony or at other select events throughout the year.


Nomination Form

Click on the award titles, below, to see lists of past award recipients.

Distinguished Achievement Award

The highest joint honor awarded by the college and the Alumni Association, the basis of the Distinguished Achievement Award is outstanding generosity and/or service to the college; outstanding participation in community and civic affairs; and unusual achievement in one's field of endeavor. 

Leadership and Service Award

The Leadership and Service Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their careers or professions, whose work has contributed to the betterment of their community and its citizens, and whose commitment to the college has remained strong for many years.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

This award is designed to recognize established and future leaders among those who have been an alumnus for 15 years or less. Recipients demonstrate leadership in their professions, a commitment to service, and substantial commitment to Cornell College and its mission. 

Honorary Alumni

Honorary alumni status is a tribute and service award given most often to friends of the college for long years of loyalty and service.  It is also given uniformly to faculty upon retirement and to select longtime staff upon retirement. 

Honorary Degree

Presented by the Presidents Office upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Honorary Degree is reserved for a select group of nominees who have distinguished themselves in their field.  

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding Cornell athletes.  Nominees must have been out of college for at least 10 years. If you want to nominate someone for this award, please provide us with as complete a record as you can and include any specific details you would like noted.