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Nominations Open for the USD Alumni Association's Unleash Your Legacy: Alumni Achievement Awards

Unleash Your Legacy: Alumni Achievement Awards 2019 Nominate outstanding alumni for the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Each year during Dakota Days, the USD Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni at the Unleash Your Legacy: Alumni Achievement Awards event. The recipients are honored in four categories: Service to the University, Public Service, Professional Achievement and Emerging Leader.

This year’s Unleash Your Legacy reception and Alumni Achievement Awards presentation will take place on Friday, October 4, 2019 during the 105th Dakota Days.

Award Criteria

Service to the University

Recognition will honor an alum that best demonstrates a unique contribution and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the university community, whether through employment, public service, organization leadership or a combination of considerations.

Public Service

Recognition will honor an alum that best exemplifies leadership in public service or community service in the spirit of volunteerism. Service is considered based on the breadth and depth of the service and in context of the commitment to lifelong service engagement.

Professional Achievement

Recognition considers the alum’s record of professional and career service at the local, state, national or international level. The award honors the alum who has distinguished himself or herself through meritorious service to the profession itself and/or society through advancing the university’s liberal arts values.

Emerging Leader

Recognition will honor an alum that best exemplifies leadership in public service or professional accomplishment. Eligible nominees include alumni who have graduated from USD within the past 10 years.

To nominate outstanding alumni, head to:


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News