Honoring Alumni Excellence


With so many gifted, prominent, and loyal Rutgers graduates in the world, recognizing alumni accomplishments is no small task. The RUAA places a high priority on honoring its best and brightest, whether they have reached the highest levels in their careers or shown outstanding devotion to Rutgers.

Guided by its Awards and Recognition Committee, the RUAA gives thoughtful, wide-ranging consideration when selecting honorees for the following awards.

Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni

To salute high-achieving graduates in sports, business, and arts and sciences, Rutgers’ Hall of Distinguished Alumni inducts a select group of stellar individuals each spring. It’s an evening of excitement and glamour, with honorees ranging from actors and professional athletes to top leaders in industry, academic research, and humanitarian engagement.

Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards

In the fall, the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards are given to individuals and alumni groups for exceptional volunteerism and engagement in support of the university. Award categories reflect the amazing diversity of goals and projects that Rutgers graduates undertake, honoring philanthropy, student engagement, professional development, and many other forms of excellence.