About the Distinguished Alumni Celebration Awards

Each year, the UC Alumni Association hosts the Distinguished Alumni Celebration to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in countless fields of endeavor, throughout the world.

The William Howard Taft Medal Award
This award is given to an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati solely on the basis of notable achievement in his or her field. The Taft Medal differs from the Distinguished Service Award in that it is not restricted to service to the university. The award is in honor and memory of William Howard Taft, Law 1880 Hon ’25, twenty-seventh president of the United States.

Distinguished Service Award
Dedicated alumni who, through their service, make an outstanding contribution to their university are usually over-modest, always unpaid, and unthinking of reward. Nonetheless, recognition is important, for an action that begins by aiding the advancement of a university ends in the improvements of the social structure in which we live. The UC Alumni Association issues the Distinguished Service Award to provide that recognition for those who have faithfully rendered outstanding service to the University of Cincinnati.

The Mosaic Award
The Mosaic Award is presented to an alumnus who has demonstrated leadership while enhancing our shared community through cultivating collaboration, fostering inclusiveness, championing the cause of the underrepresented, and promoting greater equity and opportunity for others.

The Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
This award is given to a UC graduate, within 10 years of graduation, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association.

Outstanding Alumni Award
The Outstanding Alumni Award is presented by the UC Alumni Association and UC colleges, to an alumnus who has demonstrated significant professional achievement and a strong commitment to the college through continued involvement and service.

The UC Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee is composed primarily by a panel of former award recipients.



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