The University of Washington Tacoma’s Distinguished Alumni Award was first presented in 2004 to recognize truly outstanding women and men who have had an inspirational impact on students and the community and made significant contributions to their profession and community service. By honoring our former students we hope to inspire today’s students to strive for both personal and professional success.
Nominations are accepted from individuals, organizations and businesses. Alumni, faculty and staff throughout the UW Tacoma community are encouraged to nominate distinguished alumni.
To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must have earned a University of Washington Tacoma degree, professional certification or, in special cases, have attended the university at least two years and have graduated from another accredited college or university.
A candidate must have made outstanding contributions in one or more areas of society including, but not limited to, professional, academic and personal achievements, and service to the university.
Role Model: This person inspires excellence in others.
Outstanding Success: This person has made a significant contribution in their career field.
Impact: This person's accomplishments have a long-lasting effect in their field or community.
Community Service: This person has demonstrated a visible commitment to the well-being of the South Sound region, state, nation or world.
Information about each nominee is shared with the UW Tacoma Alumni Council which makes recommendations for award finalists to the chancellor for final selection.