Alumni Achievement Awards

Each year during Dakota Days, the USD Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni at the Unleash Your Legacy alumni awards event. The honorees are recognized in the following four categories:

  • Service to the University
  • Public Service
  • Professional Achievement
  • Emerging Leader

Nominations are accepted in the spring of each year and award recipients selected in early summer. All nominees and award winners are highly encouraged to make plans to attend the alumni awards event during Dakota Days.

Description of the Award Categories:

Service to the University
Recognition will honor an alum that best demostrates unique contribution and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the University community, whether through employment, public service, organizational leadership or a combination of considerations.

Public Service
Recognition will honor an alum that best exemplifies leadership in public service or community service in the spirit of volunteerism. Service is considered based on the breadth and depth of the service and in context to the commitment to lifelong service engagement.

Professional Achievement
Recognition considers the alum's record of professional and career service at the local, state, national, or international level. The award honors the alum who has distinguished himself or herself through meritorious service to the profession itself and/or society through advancing the university's liberal arts values.

Emerging Leader
Recognition will honor an alum that best exemplifies leadership in public service or professional accomplishments. Eligible nominees include alumni who have graduated from USD within the past 10 years.


© 2017 University of South Dakota | 1110 North Dakota Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 | 800-521-3575 |