Heritage Honours

Each year the Alumni Association honors graduates in four categories - Achievement, Service, Young Alumni, and Honorary Alumnus. These awards honor their professional accomplishments and service to the university. The presentation takes place on campus each fall. 

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Distinguished Awards nominations and celebration are being postponed until next year. We look forward to celebrating with you in person.

2019 Award Winners

Larry McKibben ('70)
Alumni Achievement Award

Doug ('72) and Rosie ('72) Lindaman
Alumni Service Award

Mary Thielen ('99)
Young Alumnus Award

Jersey Jermier
Honorary Alumni Award
Nominations are accepted year-round. Click here to submit a nomination for the 2020 awards. 

Award Categories

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the significant professional accomplishments of UNI graduates.

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated success early in his/her career (age 40 and under) and who has been active in the life of the university.

Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award recognizes those graduates who have shown long and continuous service to the university and their community.

Honorary Alumnus Award

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to a friend of the university in recognition of their exceptional support of the University of Northern Iowa.


Excluding self-nominations, anyone may nominate an alumnus for a Heritage Honours Award. To be eligible for the Alumni Achievement, Alumni Service, and Young Alumni awards, nominees must be graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. Friends are eligible to be nominated for the Honorary Alumnus Award.

Former Award Recipients

By Name

By Year Awarded