Pride & Spirit


The 2019 Alumni of Distinction Presentation of Honors will be held on Friday, October 4! 

Mark your calendars and make your travel arrangements now. 

The following hotels have discounted room blocks (while room inventory lasts).  When calling, please mention the SUNY Oneonta Alumni of Distinction or AOD room block for the special rate.

  • Hampton Inn- 607-433-9000
  • Quality Inn (formerly known as the Holiday Inn)-607-433-2250
  • Holiday Inn Express-607-684-2000
  • Marriott Courtyard-607-432-2200
  • Holiday Inn Cooperstown-607-547-8000
  • Deer Haven Campground (limited availability)-607-433-9654
  • Clarion-607-432-7500

Please note: The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association does not endorse nor recommend any of the hotels mentioned.  Room blocks were made for the convenience of our alumni and guests.

Alumni of Distinction Program:

The true measure of a college's greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. In 2014, the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association established the Alumni of Distinction program to bestow this honor upon alumni who have distinguished themselves through their careers, their service to their communities, and their commitment to our college.

The Alumni of Distinction honor recognizes just a few of the thousands of alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the college. This honor illustrates the great value of the academic experience and increases the pride alumni, students, staff, and faculty have for the college.

View the complete list of our Alumni of Distinction honorees.

Nomination Criteria


The Alumni of Distinction honor illustrates the great value of the academic experience at SUNY Oneonta and increases the pride alumni, students, staff, and faculty have for the college.

Selected from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, these individuals must meet the criteria below.

  • Completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at SUNY Oneonta
  • Made professional contributions in their field and/or communities and through their achievements bring distinction to themselves and the college
  • Demonstrated leadership, character and service
  • Made significant impact in their area of expertise
  • Been recognized by their peers and community
  • Demonstrated leadership in philanthropic endeavors
  • Made significant contributions to community through volunteerism or philanthropic giving
  • Been an exemplary role model for others
  • All self-nominations require a letter of support from separate individual in addition to the written nomination noting the required criteria above
    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.  If your nomination is not received by the annual deadline, it will be considered for the following year's program.



Submit a Nomination


If you know someone who meets the criteria above, submit a nomination of no more than 750 words to  Please include the nominees full name (including maiden name if applicable), class year, address, phone number and email address.  Nominations are kept confidential unless that nominator chooses to disclose this information.

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Alumni of Distinction Presentation of Honors has passed.  Nominations for the 2020 program are now be accepted on a rolling basis.

View the List

Note: Clicking on "View the List" will take you to the full directory of honorees. Please be advised this may take a moment. We thank you for your patience.