Distinguished Alumnus Award

Distinguished Alumnus Award

The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni and alumnae.  The University of Massachusetts Boston has developed leaders in many fields of endeavor.  A vast number of the University’s alumni and alumnae have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the University, and contribution to their communities. The University and the Office of Athletics, Recreation, Special Projects and Programs established the Distinguished Alumnus Award program in 2007 to honor outstanding former students and to celebrate their achievements.

Purpose and Philosophy
The purpose of the Distinguished Alumnus program is to recognize the University’s alumni and alumnae who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the University.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award does more than honor its recipients.  It also further illustrates the great value of the academic programs and student involvement at the University of Massachusetts Boston and increases the pride all former students, staff and faculty have for the University. The award program recognizes those men and women who demonstrate the power of the Beacons experience to the people of Massachusetts, the nation, and the world.

Criteria for Selection
Recipients will be accomplished in the three distinct areas as outlined below. This distinction will be reflective of the University of Massachusetts Boston core values – Inquiry, Creativity, Discovery, Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Economic and Cultural Development and Urban Commitment.  The three areas are:

• Professional Achievement and Career Distinction: The recipient attained prominence through his or her efforts in commerce, industry, technology, the professions, agriculture, the arts, education, government or other worthy endeavors that form a record of accomplishment impressive to the citizens of Massachusetts and the nation.

• Service to Society: The recipient exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.

• Service and Support to the University: The recipient’s deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, pride in alma mater and loyalty to the University of Massachusetts Boston, as demonstrated through their interest in and support of the University, and their programs.

Past Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients

Mayor Thomas M. Menino ‘88

Robert E. Travaglini ’74

Richard F. Leahy ‘70

John F. Looney, Jr. ’60

Peter J. Berlandi ‘69

Richard P. Campbell '70

Walter B. Prince '71

James W. Hunt, Jr., PhD '80

Patrick Gaston '83

Honorable Michael J. Moran '96