Hall of Distinguished Alumni
The Hall of Distinguished Alumni of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association was established to pay tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater through their contribution to the welfare of the commonwealth and nation in arts, sciences, business, industry, engineering, journalism, politics, military science, religion, agriculture, labor or other fields of endeavor.
Every five years the University of Kentucky Alumni Association recognizes a select group of outstanding alumni and honors them by inducting them into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The next group of honorees will be inducted in 2015.
Nominations are carefully considered by a special committee composed of members of the past presidents of the association, members of the board of directors, past inductees and university representatives.
The initial induction ceremony corresponded with the university’s centennial year ceremonies in 1965. Since then, 283 alumni have been inducted in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni as follows: 124 in 1964 and 1965; three in 1967; 19 in 1970; 21 in 1975; 11 in 1980; 13 in 1985; 13 in 1989; 20 in 1995; 20 in 2000; 19 in 2005 and 20 in 2010.
A room was designated in the Helen G. King Alumni House as the Hall of Distinguished Alumni so the association could present visual evidence to the students of the university, its own alumni and the citizens of the Commonwealth of the outstanding men and women who received their college training at the University of Kentucky. For several decades, the Ballroom of the Helen G. King Alumni House contained the photographs and brief biographical information on each of the members. During a major renovation of the facility in 1998, a new plaque only containing the names and years of graduation was designed and placed in the hallway of the first floor of the House.
2020 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Online Nomination Form
2020 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form (Fillable PDF Form)
* Indicates alum is deceased
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