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Awards and Honors

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Academic Hall of Fame

Candidates for Academic Hall of Fame membership are considered by a committee consisting of faculty members and administrators from the College’s three schools: arts and sciences, education and professional studies. Student representatives from each school may be recruited for committee service as well. A representative from the Alumni Board of Directors Awards, Scholarship and Recognition Committee also serves on the committee.

Candidates must have the following criteria:

  • Be graduates of SUNY Cortland who maintained grade point averages of 3.5 or higher as undergraduates or 3.7 as graduate students.
  • Made a significant contribution to society through their chosen profession.
  • Graduated more than 10 years ago.

Nominations are welcome at any time and should be sent to the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences

The following awards are conferred by the Alumni Board of Directors and chosen by its' Awards, Scholarship and Recognition Committee. All nominations are active for a three-year period and do not have to be re-nominated during that time frame. If a given nominee was not chosen during the entire three-year period, they may wait one year to be nominated again. The 2017 nominations must be received by Alumni Engagement by February 12.

Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Young Alumni

These awards recognize Cortland alumni for distinguishing themselves in their careers and communities, and/or rendering outstanding service to the College or Alumni Association. The results of these efforts bring honor to the graduate and to the college. These are the highest honors the Alumni Association bestows on alumni who graduated from SUNY Cortland.

Distinguished Alumni have graduated more than ten years ago and have enjoyed a long and productive postgraduate experience. 

Distinguished Young Alumni have graduated up to ten years ago. These nominees must have demonstrated a strong foundation for a future career path.

Outstanding Alumni Volunteers

Nominees for the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award have long-standing record of having rendered outstanding service to the greater SUNY Cortland Community.

Honorary Alumni

Honorary Alumni Awards are given to those who have not graduated from SUNY Cortland but have a close association with the college and have contributed to the greater college community.

Nominations for the 2017 awards are due by Feb. 12 can be submitted by completing the Nomination Form.