Alumni Recognition

Western Illinois University is an institution that has excelled in educating and preparing our alumni for success. We are proud of the fact that many of our more than 115,000 alumni have been publicly recognized nationally for their outstanding accomplishments.

Our Mission

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association strives to develop and sustain lifelong relationships with students, alumni and friends to advance the mission of the University.

The combination of WIU’s stellar faculty who provide a caring and supportive learning environment with an exceptional academic curriculum, have well prepared Western’s alumni in meaningful careers in a broad range of occupational endeavors. The Alumni Association takes great pride in recognizing excellence within our alumni.

Awards Criteria & Nomination Forms

Spring 2014 Commencement 

Rich Lavin and President Jack Thomas

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient
L-r:  Richard P. Lavin '76 and WIU President Jack Thomas.

President Jack Thomas and Sandy Edwards

2014 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
L-r:  WIU President Jack Thomas and Sandra Keiser Edwards '74.