Alumni Service Award
This award recognizes service as a volunteer to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty, or to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association or any of its constituent groups.
Design Recipients: Richard T. Murphy Jr. (2014), Barbara Perso Heinemann (2013), Ann Carlson Birt (2012), Thomas Meyer (2011), Sandra Morris (2010), Janice Linster (2009), Margot Siegel (2008), Pat Martinson (2001), Linda Mona (1997) See all past recipients
Outstanding Achievement Award
This award may be conferred only on graduates, or former students of the University, who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. The candidate's education at the University should represent a significant portion of his or her total postsecondary education. Outstanding Achievement Awards are not awarded to encourage or reward contributions to the University.
Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals
The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is a University-wide award for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.This award may be conferred on alumni, former students, and friends of any campus (current or former) of the University. Individuals will have attained unusual distinction as professionals in their careers within institutions or in public service and have either demonstrated sustained outstanding achievement and leadership, or demonstrated promise of such on a local, national, or international level.
The honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota. An honorary degree may be awarded to an individual who has achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship. Honorary degrees are not awarded to encourage or reward contributions to the University. The president of the University or a designated representative on behalf of the University confers the honorary degree.
Each year the alumni association recognizes some of the University's top volunteers and volunteer-driven programs. The College of Design Alumni Society, Design Student and Alumni Board and its volunteers have been frequent recipients of top honors.