Student Involvement and Leadership

Honoring Excellence in Graduating Seniors: Ubuntu Award

The African word “Ubuntu” is translated as “I am because we are” and has become a central theme of the Student Leadership Institute. Student involvement and leadership roles at PLU daily demonstrate the fundamental value of self for others.  This award is to honor students as they complete their PLU education.

Your Ubuntu nominating narrative should highlight your nominee's activities, accomplishments and positions of leadership, both on campus and in the community.  A selection committee will review all nominations.  Finally, Dr. Laura Majovski will confirm those students recommended for Pinnacle Society membership and those who will receive the Student Life Ubuntu Award. Please share with us how you feel your nominee stands apart from her/his peer group. Please visit this link to view sample letters of nomination.

Nominations are typically one page in length.  Submit your nominations by email as a word document attachment to This year, a form has been provided for those who would like a more standardized approach to the nomination process.

A list of eligible students who graduate in December is available here.

Nomination letters must be received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Nominated students will be honored at a celebration in early December at the Gonyea House.