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Homecoming Awards

In a recent conversation, a friend who is not a WVU alum was telling me how he likes to hire WVU graduates. He told me that compared to graduates of other institutions, his experience is that WVU graduates are more humble, technically competent with the added benefit of common sense and application focused, exhibit stronger work ethic, and lack entitlement. I was grinning ear to ear!

I’m sure you recognize these traits in the Mountaineers you know, and we see them year after year in the Alumni we recognize for their service contributions and professional achievements. This year’s class of Homecoming Awardees represents the best in what it means to be a Mountaineer!

  • Outstanding Alumni Award: Patrice Harris '82 BA, '86 MA, '92 MD
  • Homecoming Parade Marshall: Brien Forst '99 BS and WVU Medicine Children's Hospital
  • David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award: Neil Bolyard '59 BS, '63 MA
  • Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award: Brian Lawson '08 PharmD
  • James R. McCartney Community Service Award: Larry Rhodes '84 MD
  • Paul B. “Buck” Martin Award: Bill Peters '69 BS
  • John F. Nicolas Jr. Award: Matt Reilly '11 BS

Nominations for these awards and the Academy of Distinguished Alumni can be submitted by anyone and I invite each of you to consider nominating someone you feel should be recognized. Homecoming award nominations open at the beginning of each calendar year and close at the end of June. Nominations are open for the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and will close at the end of October.

If you know a WVU Alum who has attained national or international distinction in their profession or discipline and would like to nominate them for the Academy of Distinguished Alumni you can do so online by clicking here.

Let’s Go!

Sean, '89