Student Leadership Recognition
Through the Celebration of Leadership, PLU celebrates students who live lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care while empowering their peers to do the same. Through the awards listed below, Student Involvement and Leadership encourages faculty, administrators, staff, and students to take time to acknowledge the contributions of student leaders who have excelled academically and made a difference through their leadership and service at PLU and in their communities.
In December and for spring commencement, graduating students are eligible for the Pinnacle Society and the Ubuntu Award. Click here for a list of students who are graduating. Each spring continuing students are eligible for recognition as Leaders of Distinction.
Please complete the online nomination form by Friday, October 25, 2013. Nominated students who are eligible for awards will be invited to submit a resume. A selection committee will review all nominations. Finally, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will confirm those students recommended for Pinnacle Society membership and those who will receive the Ubuntu Award. Recognized students will be honored at a celebration in early December.
This leadership distinction has become synonymous with excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, and community impact throughout a student’s undergraduate experience. At PLU, Pinnacle Society is our highest honor for leadership and co-curricular involvement for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Graduating seniors are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a framed certificate of membership and a commemorative sash, to be worn at commencement.
The Ubuntu Award
The philosophy of Ubuntu is translated as “I am because we are” and has become a core theme of leadership development programs at PLU. Students eligible for this award have a 3.0 GPA or higher and have demonstrated the fundamental values of leadership and service within our community. Graduating seniors are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a pin to be worn at commencement.
Leader of Distinction Award
The Leader of Distinction award recognizes students with a 2.75 GPA or higher who have demonstrated leadership skills through their affiliation with a student organization or university department. Continuing students are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a certificate during the Celebration of Leadership. This award is for current PLU students.