Alumni Awards

The GCU Office of Alumni Relations recognizes distinguished alumni, students and athletes who personify the University’s commitment to excellence and service bringing notoriety to them and to their alma mater.

Many GCU graduates go on to achieve outstanding achievements in their chosen careers and personal lives. Alumni and students also assume leadership roles through volunteering their time to the University. We would like to spotlight these accomplished individuals during Reunion/ Homecoming Weekend.

To nominate an alumni/us for one of the following, download and complete the pdf form and return to the Office of Alumni Relations, Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 by June 30, 2017.


Lion Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the alumna/us with distinguished history over a lifetime of leadership, shared vision and extraordinary service to Georgian Court University and

  • In what ways has the candidate served the University and its alumni?
  • Has this service spanned decades?
  • In what ways has this service been truly extraordinary?
  • How has this service benefited the institution?
  • Is there scope and/or depth to the candidate's involvement in volunteer service?

Alumni Service Award

This award is given to the alumna/us who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and service to the University.

  • Does the candidate serve as a Class or Affinity Agent, Alumni board member/committee chair/officer?
  • Does the candidate volunteer and participate in Alumni Board committees, Alumni events (such as Reunion/ Homecoming, beach sweeps, open houses, day of giving, etc.)?
  • Does the candidate volunteer, organize or participate in regional alumni activities, student activities, or campus administrative tasks?

Distinguished Alumni Award

This awarded is present to the alumna/us who has excelled in their chosen field and has exercised exemplary qualities through career achievement.This award honors an individual whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique professional achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and to Georgian Court University?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrates a benefit to the larger community?

Blue and Gold Award

This award is presented to a friend of Georgian Court University that displays exemplary leadership and/ or service to GCU by a non- alumnus/a.

  • Does the individual exercise the mission of Georgian Court University through service to the University in their personal or professional life?
  • Does the individual go above and beyond to better the University, one of its programs, services or students?
  • Is the individual a pioneer in their profession or community while exuding the spirit and ideals of Georgian Court University?

Young Alumni Award

This award acknowledges and encourages service to the University by alumni aged 35 and younger that depict outstanding achievements in promoting the University through volunteer support of and activities. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • Did the candidate achieve an exceptional level of service while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate?
  • Was the candidate proactive in efforts to become involved in alumni activities?
  • Has this service been sustained over an extended period of time?
  • If not, has the service been strikingly innovative or substantially beneficial?

Outstanding Senior Award

This award recognizes the exceptional graduating senior who exemplifies one or more of the following:

  • Does the student participation in GCU activities through campus government, clubs, organizations, sports, etc.?
  • What kind of service does the student contribute to the community?
  • Does the student display outstanding scholastic achievement?
  • In what ways does the student display of one or more of the Mercy Core Values?

Note: In its inaugural year, the Outstanding Senior Award will be awarded to 2017 Valedictorian. Award will begin in 2018.

Sportsmanship Award

This award chosen through GCU Athletics recognizes the graduating senior athlete that has, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, demonstrated good sportsmanship and citizenship in the Mercy tradition. The Sportsmanship Award will be determined through GCU Athletics and acknowledged during the Alumni Awards Brunch.

Note: This recipient is determined through process executed by GCU Athletics.


Calling all Lions:

Do you know someone whose professional and volunteer accomplishments deserve to be recognized? Or do you know of an alumna or alumnus or student whose accomplishments should be spotlighted? Please tell us about them.

The deadline for submission each year is June 30th. Student recipients are honored during commencement and Student Athletes during annual awards banquet. All recipients (student, athletic and alumni) are honored at Alumni Awards Brunch during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 732- 987-2454 or via email at