The award:

The Western Oregon University Alumni Award of Excellence is awarded each year to an alumnus (living or deceased) for their contributions and services to the university and community as well as for their distinguished work in their profession.

This award does more than honor these former students. It spotlights the accomplishments of Western and thereby increases the pride we all feel in our university. The recipient of this award will be awarded on stage at the June 13, 2020 commencement ceremony and will be dressed in full regalia.


Any alumnus, faculty or staff member may place a name in nomination. Nominations received from alumni shall receive priority consideration for the award over nominations from non-alumni nominations. No anonymous nominations will be accepted. All nominations are kept confidential. Nominees that are not selected, their nominator will be sent a letter informing them of the decision and encourage them to resubmit their nominee for the following year. Nominations are good for only one year, and will need to be resubmitted. The deadline for nominations is March 18 2022.


  • A student who was enrolled at ONS/OCE/WOSC/WOU (graduate or undergraduate) for a minimum of forty-five credit hours.
  • An individual who, in deeds and actions, demonstrates(d) pride in the alma mater and whose interest in and loyalty to Western is evident.
  • A person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability, that the faculty, staff, students and alumni will take pride in and be inspired by his/her recognition.
  • Made significant contributions to society, the community, and Western Oregon either in service or financial contributions.
  • Past accomplishments and career have brought credit to the university.

*Those ineligible for nomination include: A candidate running for or serving in any public office; a current employee of WOU; or any alumni board member who is not yet three years removed from their term on the board.*



To submit a nomination, click here

General details:

  • All nomination forms will be read and evaluated by the selection committee
  • The selection committee is made up members from the Alumni Board of Directors
  • The Alumni Relations Coordinator will notify the winner by the first week in April
  • Both the nominators and nominees who were not chosen will be notified
  • The winner will accept the award at commencement on June 11, 2022
  • The winner will be invited to special events throughout the year as a special guest


Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail:  | Location: The Cottage
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