The History

For over 30 years, the Alumni Association has celebrated the achievements of Mason alumni at the annual Celebration of Distinction awards program. Originally held in 1975, this program has evolved from a reception honoring four alumni, to become one of the premiere Alumni Association functions each year.

Presently, the Celebration of Distinction awards dinner and program is held each spring and recognizes four recipients of the Alumni Association Awards, and 14 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients being honored by each academic unit and alumni affinity chapter.

In 2018, George Mason University will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alumni Association. To mark the “golden year” anniversary, the Celebration of Distinction program will include a celebration of the history and achievements of Mason alumni throughout its 50 years.

2017 Celebration of Distinction Event

The 2017 Celebration of Distinction awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Westwood Country Club (Vienna, Va.).  Click here for more information regarding the event.

Nominations Deadlines

  • Deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 GMUAA Awards is Monday, Nov. 21Click here to view criteria.
  • Deadline to submit nominations for the academic unit/alumni affinity chapter Distinguished Alumni Awards varies by award and is managed through the individual academic unit/affinity chapter's selection process and timeline. All final selections of honorees must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations via this form no later than Friday, Dec. 9.

2016 Program

Congratulations to the 18 honorees recognized at the 2016 Celebration of Distinction program. Click here to read their biosView photos from the event.