The Alumni Association is proud of its graduates and their accomplishments. Each year the "Best of the Best of Southeastern" are awarded special honors at the Alumni Awards Evening which is held on the eve of Homecoming. CLICK HERE for more information on the 2017 Awards Evening.
The most prestigious award given is that of Alumnus of the Year which is awarded to a graduate who has had unique accomplishments on an international or national level. This individual also had outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, has excelled after graduating, and continues to be active and supportive of their alma mater.
The Distinguished Service Award was renamed in 2015 in honor of Alumni Director Kathy L. Pittman. The recipient is selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond in generously donating their time and talent toward the betterment of the Alumni Association.
Presented by the Past Presidents chapter of the Alumni Association, this award recognizes a faculty, staff, or alumnus who has assisted students in their efforts and accomplishment of extra curricular activities.
For the spring, each college selects an individual who is outstanding in their field and represents their college through their achievements as a result of the education they received at Southeastern. These individuals are presented by the Alumni Board as mentors to the students at each college's spring convocation. They are recognized again among their peers at the Alumni Awards Evening on the eve of Homecoming.
The Friendship Oak was created to perpetuate the tradition of the friendship oak and its symbolism of strength, beauty, and lasting relationships. More importantly, it represents our alma mater and the giving power of knowledge and education. It has been presented not only to alumni but also by the University as a special gift to officiates of foreign countries and visiting dignitaries.
Frequently, there is one person who is outstanding in volunteering their time to assist the director of the Alumni Association with special projects. Their guidance, inspiration, and assistance make day to day operations easier for the entire Alumni staff. This award is selected and presented at the discretion of the Director of Alumni Relations.