Alumni awards are presented at the Annual Alumni Weekend Award Ceremony.

Award Categories

Green Owl

Honors an alumnus who has given years of service to the Alumni Association and the University. The recipient must have been an alumnus at least five years prior to receiving the award. Qualifying service activities include serving as an alumni club officer, class reunion chairperson, or on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors; assisting with William Woods University events in the community; assisting University Advancement in their efforts to support the University and generally promoting the good of the University whenever possible. First presented in 1961. 


Order of the Owl

Honors spouses of alumni who have shown a special interest in promoting and supporting the University. Originally, referred to as the Woodsman Award (male spouse), changed to Order of the Owl in 1999 with the admission of males. First presented in 1986.


Outstanding Service Award

Honors an alumnus for their many years of support in the multifaceted areas and outstanding service to the university. A recipient must have been an alumnus for ten years. Qualifying service activities include serving as an alumni club officer, class reunion chairperson, or on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors; assisting with William Woods University events in the community; assisting University Advancement in their efforts to support the University and generally promoting the good of the University whenever possible. First presented in 1992.


Award of Distinction

Honors an alumnus who has achieved national or international fame in their chosen field and first presented in 1952.


Honorary Alumnus

Honors an individual who is not an alumnus of the University, but who is selected for membership in the National Alumni Association in recognition of their distinguished personal achievement and outstanding community service.

First presented in 1967.


Graduate and Professional Alumni Award

Honors an alumnus who holds a graduate or professional degree from WWU, and represents excellence in achievement in their field. First presented in 2011.

Alumni Award Nominations Form

* Are you an Alumni of William Woods University?
* What is your first and last name?
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* What was your graduation year and major?
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* What is your phone number?
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* What is your email address?
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* What Award would you like to nominate this person for?
* Who would you like to nominate?
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* Why would you like to nominate this person? *The more information you can provide will help the nomination committee in their selection process*
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* What was this persons name while attending WWU?
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* Do you have contact information for this person?
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* Is there anything else you would like us to know?
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