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Alumni awards

Each year, the University of Minnesota and the College of Education and Human Development recognize and celebrate alumni, students, and friends for their outstanding achievement and service. Visit the archive to read the list of past awards recipients.

Contact the CEHD Alumni Society for further information:

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Jan Ormasa (’74, ’90), center, celebrated with the CEHD Alumni Society Board and friends as she received the U’s Alumni Service Award in October—its highest award for alumni volunteerism.

CEHD awards

Distinguished alumni awards

Established in 2010, the College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have brought distinction to their professions and communities. Recipients span a diverse range of academic disciplines and career paths: business and civic leaders, counselors and social workers, educators and activists, entrepreneurs, and the most dedicated of volunteers. All are community builders and leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, schools, and organizations, and whose achievements bring honor to the college.

CEHD rising alumni

CEHD Alumni Society recognizes rising alumni from across our college who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities.

CEHD Alumni Society Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their profession, served as mentors to others in their field, or shown exceptional volunteer service. This award will be given annually by the CEHD Alumni Society to one alumni in each of the following categories:

  • A graduate from any CEHD degree program with at least 15 years of work experience in preK-20 educational institutions (examples: preschools, ECFE, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, etc.). Alumni working at such preK-20 educational institutions can represent a variety of career disciplines (examples: teachers, principals, administrators, counselors, psychologists, coaches, social workers, staff, faculty, activity directors, etc.).
  • A graduate from any CEHD degree program with at least 15 years of work experience outside of preK-20 educational institutions, representing any career discipline.

CEHD Distinguished International Alumni Award

Recognizes outstanding achievements of international CEHD alumni to educational progress in their country.