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The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Awards recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards.

Nominations and applications for the 2017 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017. Recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Award Criteria

To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

The deadline to apply/nominate is Friday, March 24, 2017.

Award Selection and Presentation

Up to 25 recipients will be chosen and recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 29, 2017. More information will be sent to those selected the second week in April.


2016 Recipients

 2016 Recipients

Front Row L: Kayla Owens, Victoria Quarton, Zoe Roberts, Angela Engebretson, Amanda Krch, Amie Hansen, Helen Plevka

Middle Row L: Mallory Kowaleski, Stephanie Wallace, Jaime Escatel, Sarah Wirtz, Ashley Renkor, Rajae White

Back Row L: President Glassman, Joann Wakefield, Nick Smith, Robert Skolik, Kyle Callender, Daniel Webster, Kaitlyn Lacy, Tom DuBois

2015 Recipients

2015 Distinguished Senior Award Winners

Recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Senior Award are: (Back Row, L-R) President William Perry, Taylor Yangas, Kathryn VanHootegem, Emily McInerney, Sheldon Aaron, Mary Ashley Walsh; (Middle Row, L-R) Logan Andrews, Jalyssa Woodall, Christina Harmon, Ashley Biro, Shafa Shamim, Emily Hart; (Front Row, L-R) Amy Britton, Lauren Humphrey, Gina Volk, Megan Miller, Jamie Olson, Ke’Ana Lampkins.

Not pictured are: Katelin Caddell, Katherine Eckberg, Spencer Filosa, Sarah Tucker, Laura Krieg, Gina Iaffaldano, Samantha Daughtery