ChathamU Alumni Awards

Chatham University’s Alumni Awards were established to honor the contributions and achievements of our alumni. Each year, the Alumni Association’s Awards Committee works to identify and research nominees, and the finalists are selected through a vote of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. View the 2023 honorees by clicking here. 


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is chosen by the Alumni Association Board and presented to an individual whose achievements represent the fulfillment of the mission of the University: Women’s Leadership, Sustainability & the Environment, Global Understanding, and Innovation & Research.  

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Alumni Cornerstone Awards

The Alumni Cornerstone Awards were established to recognize achievements and leadership of Chatham undergraduate alumni who demonstrate the essence of a Chatham education.

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Young Alumni Awards

The Young Alumni Awards are awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate alumni of the past 15 years who have demonstrated a commitment to the core values of Chatham through their professional work and/or volunteer efforts. The Young Alumni Award Winners are selected through a nomination and review process by the Young Alumni Awards Selection Committee. 

2023 Alumni Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Diane Ayres '78 

Young Alumni Award, Graduate

Jordan Yakoby, DNP '17

Young Alumni Award, Undergraduate

Tishanna Lewison '08, MSCP '09


The Cornerstone Awards 

The Cornerstone Award for Ancient Studies

Ann Kessler Guinan '68

The Cornerstone Award for Liberal Arts
Barbara Wilhelm '73
The Cornerstone Award for Optometry
Janet Summers '78