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Honorary Degrees

Hobart and William Smith award honorary degrees to individuals who, through their life’s work, reflect the values and aspirations of the Colleges’ community, and who serve as exemplary models for our students of lives of consequence.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Award

In honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman in America to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree, the Elizabeth Blackwell Award is given to a woman whose life exemplifies outstanding service to humanity.

Medal of Excellence

First awarded and presented in 1970, the Hobart Medal of Excellence is the Alumni Association’s highest honor. The Medal is awarded to an alumnus who, by reason of outstanding accomplishments in his business, profession or community service, has brought honor and distinction to his alma mater.

Hobart Lifetime Service Award

Presented to alumnus who have made exceptional contributions to Hobart College throughout their lives. This award is the Alumni Association’s highest honor for outstanding service to Hobart College by an alumni. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.

Alumnus Citation

Citations are presented for distinguished and exceptional service and a history of outstanding contributions to Hobart College by alumni, faculty, staff or friends of the College. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.

The Young Alumnus Award

The Young Alumnus Award is presented within 15 years following graduation to alumni who demonstrate exceptional volunteer service and commitment to The Colleges. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.

Alumna Achievement Award

The Alumna Achievement Award is the William Smith College Alumnae Association’s highest honor. It is awarded to an alumna who, by reason of outstanding accomplishments in her particular business, profession or community service, has brought honor and distinction to her alma mater.

Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 Award

The Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 Award was established in honor of Elizabeth Herendeen Odell ’22 who served as Alumnae Secretary from 1952 to 1970. This award is the Alumnae Association’s highest honor for outstanding service to William Smith College by an alumna. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.

Alumna Citation

Citations are presented for distinguished and exceptional service and a history of outstanding contributions to William Smith College by alumnae, faculty, staff or friends of the College. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.

The Young Alumna Award

The Young Alumna Award is presented within 15 years following graduation to alumnae who demonstrate exceptional volunteer service and commitment to The Colleges. This award is presented during Reunion Weekend.