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Alumni Awards & Recognition

The Dakota State University Alumni Association has a long history of acknowledging our members for their accomplishments and successes. Since 1970 we have been honoring these accomplishments through our Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni awards. If you know a DSU alumni who is worthy of such recognition, please submit their information for consideration by our Awards and Recognition Committee.

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Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has notable achievements in his/her profession and contributions to DSU and society. 

Outstanding Alumni – Young Alumnus/Alumna Achievement recognizes an alumnus/alumna, age 35 or younger, who has notable achievements in his/her profession and contributions to DSU and society. 

Outstanding Alumni – Service to Alma Mater recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated outstanding service and contributions to Dakota State University and student success. 

Outstanding Alumni – Educator recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has accomplished notable service and/or achievement in the field of education. 

Outstanding Alumni Professional Achievement recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has notable achievements in his/her profession. 

Outstanding Alumni Alumni Coach of the Year recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has directly influenced the success of athletic programs student athletes through coaching. 

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna award is presented at the Spring Commencement Ceremony and the Outstanding Alumni awards are presented at halftime of the Homecoming game. Award recipients are invited to participate in our Homecoming parade and be our guests of honor at the tailgating events.