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Awards & Honorary Degrees

Distinguished Service Award

Since 1966, the University Council has recognized a person or persons who have directly or indirectly played a key role in advancing SUNY Plattsburgh. This award, given at the pleasure of the University Council, was originally conceived by former President Dr. George W. Angell.

Awardees have included:

  • The Honorable Ronald B. Stafford, New York State Senator, 43rd District and Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education
  • The Honorable Daniel P. Moynihan, U.S. Senator
  • Admiral Grace M. Hopper, Ret., United States Naval Reserve, pioneer in the field of scientific computing; teacher; engineer; researcher and author
  • Roger W. Tubby, former White House Press Secretary under the late President Harry S. Truman.

Individuals have been recognized for their:

  • Contribution to the university community or state.
  • Demonstration of leadership ability in the service of others.

Nominations. If you would like to nominate someone for this prestigious award, please email [email protected]. Your email should address the person’s qualifications for the recognition.

The University Council considers selection of nominees periodically for presentation at the spring and/or winter commencement ceremonies.

Past Recipients

Honorary Degrees

The purposes of honorary degrees awarded by the State University of New York are to:

  • Recognize excellence in the fields the degrees authorized at SUNY campuses as well as business, philanthropy, public affairs, and public service, which exemplify SUNY’s mission;
  • Honor meritorious and outstanding service to SUNY, the State of New York, the United States, or to humanity at large; and,
  • Recognize those whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of SUNY’s aspirations for its diverse student body;
  • Elevate SUNY in the eyes of the world by honoring individuals who are widely known and highly regarded for achievements in their respective fields of endeavor.


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