NMU Alumni Association Awards

Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. They include the Distinguished Alumni Award; Alumni Achievement Award; Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. 

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Awards celebrate excellence: Northern alumni who have received an associate, bachelor, masters or educational specialist degree. They have been a positive influence on their professions or on their communities and distinguished themselves through achievements, both personal and professional, which not only set them apart in their field and social circles, but define them as true leaders.

Do you know someone who should be nominated? The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be submitted year-round by friends, family, faculty and staff through the NMU Alumni Association Award Nomination Form. Nominations received by December 31 are considered for the following year award ceremony.

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Award Criteria and Nomination Form





Past Award Recipients

Alumni Achievement Award
This award recognizes a graduate who has notable professional achievements on a regional or local level.  Other factors include contributions to their community and documented leadership at the regional or local level. 
Alumni Community Service Award
This award combined with the Alumni Service Award in 2019. An NMU alumnus/alumna whose volunteer service to his/her community has been outstanding for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall have made significant contributions to the quality of life in his/her community. This award may be presented in the community in which the recipient resides, during Homecoming Weekend, or at another event determined by the Alumni Association Awards Committee.
Alumni Service Award
This award recognizes a graduate whose volunteer service, civic endeavors or contributions to his/her community have been outstanding or whose volunteerism, contributions and/or recruitment efforts on behalf of NMU are above the norm.
Distinguished Alumni Award 
This award recognizes a graduate who has documented exceptional achievements in his/her profession and has made transformative contributions to society, their discipline or profession. Other factors include demonstrated leadership and/or honors received that clearly sets them apart from their peers (a person distinguished by his/her achievements).  This is the highest honor the NMU Alumni Association can award.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award 
This award recognizes a graduate under 36 years of age, as of December 31 in the year submitted, who has shown endeavors in professional, civic, business, political or similar activities, that set the candidate clearly apart from his/her peers and has shown service and/or honor to NMU through their endeavors.