Criteria and Eligibility

Selection Criteria

In October 2016, the president’s office extended an open invitation to members of the U-M community to nominate exceptional alumni for these awards. This process concluded on December 9.

Nominees were expected to be:

  • Alumni/alumnae who attended the University of Michigan (undergraduate or graduate) not more than approximately 10 to 20 years ago
  • Strong leaders and representatives of the mission and values of the University of Michigan
  • Individuals whose achievements carry on Michigan’s traditions of intellectual creativity and academic endeavor, of civic engagement, and of national and international service.

Individuals previously affiliated with the university in other statuses (e.g., residents, house officers, post-doctoral fellows) were also eligible for these awards. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities, and members of other historically underrepresented groups were encouraged.

Deemed not eligible for the awards were current University of Michigan faculty members or other active employees of the university and recipients of U-M honorary degrees.

Recipients were required to be present at a 2017 commencement ceremony.

Nominations

Submissions were required to include:

  • A concise case for the candidate and their particular appropriateness for this award, given the stated criteria
    A curriculum vitae, résumé, or other biographical sketch of the nominee.
  • Use of the web form to submit nominations was strongly recommended, with the request that nominees not be informed that their names were being put forward. Self-nominations were not accepted for consideration.

Use of the web form to submit nominations was strongly recommended, with the request that nominees not be informed that their names were being put forward. Self-nominations were not accepted for consideration.