Many colleges and universities across the nation have had a long tradition of honoring those of its graduates who have distinguished themselves in various ways throughout their careers. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1959. The first recipient was Dean Smith, a physician from La Crosse, WI. It was presented at the commencement ceremonies in June 1959.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award continues to be the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our alumni. Learn more
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have excelled in professional and civic accomplishments within the last 15 years. The UW-River Falls Alumni Association established this award in 2014 to recognize UWRF graduates. The award will be presented at the annual scholarship benefit in the spring. Learn More
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have provided long-time exceptional service and leadership in their profession, community, and a continuing interest and loyalty to UW-River Falls. The UW-River Falls Alumni Association established this award in 2014 to recognize UWRF graduates. The award will be presented at the annual scholarship benefit in the spring. Learn More
This award was established in 1983 with the approval of the Faculty Senate and the administration. The award parallels the Distinguished Alumnus Award in the manner in which it is presented and the exposure and publicity it receives. The award is presented at the fall commencement. Learn More
2012 honorary doctorate degree recipient Brad Martin (left) with Chancellor Dean Van Galen (right).