Nomination Process

Minimum requirements for consideration:

  • Detailed and complete nomination form
  • Resume, biographical summary or curriculum vitae

Suggested, but not required:

  • Letters of support that include additional details on the candidate’s merit
    • No required number of recommendation or support letters
    • Letters from various aspects of the candidate’s career, community service, school, family are helpful
    • Letters provide details about character, SMU involvement, career, and philanthropic or community work
  • Additional information such as magazine or newspaper articles, websites, etc.
  • Profiles may be refreshed with additional letters and materials during the three year eligibility cycle

Nomination timeline:

December 31: Nominations due for Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader Award Nominations remain in consideration for 3 years

January 10: Letters of support and additional support materials due

Mid-January: Nomination packets distributed to Alumni Board Nominating Committee

February: Nominating Committee meets

March-April: Honorees are notified after date for Homecoming is set

May: Nominators of those selected (and not selected) are notified

May-June: Recipients publicly announced