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Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to honor select alumni who have become world-class ambassadors of the University of Central Oklahoma. Nominations for this prestigious award must be submitted by April 1, 2024, for consideration for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Award recipients must have achieved distinctive and notable accomplishments in at least one of four categories:


Distinguished alumni in this category are recognized for their accomplishments in their chosen profession. Criteria for measuring achievements includes:

  • Recognized leadership qualities
  • Impact on and success in the field
  • Dedication to chosen field (includes volunteering, educational outreach, etc.)
  • Recognition within the field
  • Length of professional service
  • Degrees earned
  • Publications, research, etc. within the field (if applicable)

Community Service

This category honors alumni whose voluntary leadership, dedication and contribution of time, effort and enthusiasm improve the quality of life in their neighborhood, community, city, state or nation. The accomplishments in community service are especially enduring in value because their work results from personal commitment rather than a desire for personal gain.

University Service

Alumni honored in this category have a true devotion to UCO and a lasting love for the university, as demonstrated through a substantial contribution of time and resources.

Emerging Leader

The Emerging Leader was established in 2021 to recognize alumni aged 39 and younger for their professional accomplishments and engagement to the university. Selections are based on success in chosen careers; however, a demonstrated commitment to UCO and opportunity for future involvement may also be considered.

Nomination Guidelines

1. Persons making nominations must submit a nomination online through the form below.

2. A detailed biographical history, resume or letter of recommendation of no more than two pages is required and can be sent to in addition to the online application.

3. All persons named as Distinguished Alumni Award winners must attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards held in conjunction with Homecoming. The 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024. 


Please note, current UCO employees and award committee members and their immediate families are not eligible for this award.

Individuals campaigning for elected political office are not eligible for the award if the election takes place within 12 months of the Committee's selection meeting.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be made up of a representative from each university college and three members of the UCO Foundation Board of Trustees. The staff of the UCO Foundation and Alumni Engagement will serve as ex-officio members without voting rights.

Distinguished Alumni Nomination

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