The Society of Distinguished Graduates is a program sponsored by the Student Government Association at Western Kentucky University. This prestigious program seeks to recognize six graduating seniors for their contributions to the intellectual community at WKU. In contrast to the "Scholar of the College" awards, the Society inductees will be chosen based on their accomplishments beyond grade-point-average. One inductee will be selected from each academic college.
The inductees are chosen based on one or more of the following criteria. It is suggested that department heads consider the following when choosing a nominee. No student is expected to have experience in all areas; rather, we are seeking students who have made significant contributions in one or more categories.
Research/creative activity: the student has completed scholarly/creative work in his or her field of study that has been recognized as a significant contribution by academics in that field at WKU and beyond.
International reach: the student has promoted and expanded the University's international reach through quality experiences abroad and/or improving the intellectual life of the University by actively incorporating international experiences into the student community.
Sustainability: the student has striven to improve environmental sustainability across campus and preserve the environment for future generations through involvement in campus programs and services.
Diversity: the student has embraced cultures different than his or her own and sought to break down cultural, racial, and social barriers within the campus community.
Service: the student has demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to service across campus, Kentucky, and the United States while expressing a determination to continue this service following graduation.
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