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Alumni Achievement Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Alumni

A cornerstone Dakota Days event, the Unleash Your Legacy Alumni Achievement Awards celebrates outstanding alumni for their personal and professional achievements, service within their communities, and loyalty to USD. Honorees are recognized in the following four categories: Service to the University, Public Service, Professional Achievement and Emerging Leader.

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards are now open! Do you know of someone in the Coyote community worthy of this high honor? Complete the following form to submit a nominee.

Note: Nominations will close on May 31.

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY: Recognition will honor an alum that best demonstrates a unique contribution and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the university community, whether through employment, public service, organization 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 the context of 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 demonstrating the university’s liberal arts values such as critical thinking, diversity and inclusion, and communication.

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

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