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About the Distinguished Alumni Award


The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association to honor:

  • Outstanding achievement in a profession or a vocation
  • Service to a local, national, or global community
  • Service to Cal Poly Pomona


Eligibility for the "Distinguished Alumnus(a) of the Year" award is as follows:

  • The recipient of the award shall be a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, or the Voorhis campus.
  • Current members of the Board of Directors of the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association and University faculty or staff are ineligible.
  • A recipient may only receive the award once.


The criteria for nomination of the Distinguished Alumnus(a) includes accomplishments in three categories:

  1. Professional Achievement: The recipient shall have attained prominence through his/her respective field or profession.
  2. Community Service: The recipient shall have a significant record of service to the community state and/or nation.
  3. Service to Cal Poly Pomona: The recipient shall have demonstrated support for Cal Poly Pomona through donated time or resources.


The Alumni Association will recognize one alumnus/alumna per College and one alumnus/a from Athletics. Nominations are due November 1 and must be approved by the respective College’s Dean. In the case of Athletics, the Athletic Director’s approval will be required.