Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Since 1936, WAA has been presenting the awards to the most prestigious graduates of UW-Madison for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university.

Nominations for 2017 are open. The deadline for 2017 nominations are December 16, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Susan Teskey. Thank you for your continued interest in this tradition of recognizing outstanding UW-Madison graduates.


Steve Levitan ’84

Steve Levitan ’84, writer and executive producer for ABC TV’s Modern Family, has ushered the family sitcom into the modern era.

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Geraldine Hines JD’71

Geraldine Hines JD’71, associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Court, is the first African American woman to serve on that state’s high court.

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Michael Shannon ’80

Michael Shannon ’80, founder of KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the hospitality and real estate industries, has helped to fund the Goodspeed Family Pier and the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall.

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