Mary Baldwin University alumni are extraordinary, and their accomplishments benefit both society and the university. To celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni, recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards are nominated by Mary Baldwin University alumni and the greater MBU community.
No more than two awards in each category will be given each year, with the exception of the Emily Smith Medallion, for which there is no such restriction. Awards are presented during Reunion Weekend by the Alumni Board president.
Career Achievement Award
This award was created in 1986 by the Mary Baldwin University Alumni Association and recognizes alumni whose outstanding career performance demonstrates the value of a liberal arts education, serves as an inspiration for current students, and brings distinction to the university and alumni.
Emily Smith Medallion
Named in honor of distinguished Mary Baldwin alum Emily McKelden Smith 1906, this award was created by the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees in 1964 to recognize alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the college, their churches, communities, and beyond.
Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award
Named in honor of Emily Wirsing Kelly ’63, this award was created in 1986 by the Mary Baldwin University Alumni Association and honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service and excellence in leadership on behalf of Mary Baldwin University.
Service to Community Award
This award was created in 1986 by the Mary Baldwin University Alumni Association and recognizes alumni who provide distinguished and outstanding volunteer service to their communities and bring honor to their alma mater through their activities.
Service to Community of Faith Award
This award was created in 1986 by the MBU Alumni Association and honors alumni who have provided distinguished service to their faith and spiritual communities, recognizing the close and important relationship that has existed between the university and the Presbyterian Church since the university’s founding.
Mary Baldwin Hall of Fame (Athletics)
This award was created by the Mary Baldwin University Athletics Advisory Board and recognizes superior athletic achievement, leadership, and team contributions evidenced by post-season honors such as All-American, All-State, All-conference, etc.; record-setting performances; winning individual/team championships; achievement in the field of athletics outside of MBU; and support for Women and Girls Sports.
If you wish to nominate an alum for a Distinguished Alumni Award, please submit a nomination form here.
The Nominating Committee reserves the right to grant an award in a different category should the information warrant. After completing the nomination form, you will receive a confirmation email. You may be contacted for additional information.
Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at email@example.com or 800-763-7359.