Alumni Awards

Honoring the accomplishments of outstanding alumni

Wayne State University alumni award winners make meaningful contributions to society in groundbreaking ways. One alumna has dedicated her life to transformative community service, while another alumnus creates experiential, change-evoking history exhibits at the Smithsonian. The other winners empower women engineers, execute renowned Alzheimer's research worldwide and lead the Organization of Black Alumni. Explore the excellence within our alumni community and tell us about other outstanding candidates who deserve future recognition.


Award Winners 2020-21

Each year, the Wayne State University Alumni Association honors the accomplishments of outstanding alumni who exemplify the Wayne State spirit of achievement, excellence and service.

Watch the full award ceremony above or view individual winner remarks.

Christopher Wilson '07
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alice Thompson '81
School of Social Work


Zhongcong Xie '94
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Ron Wood '75, '80
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Denise Rizzo '00, '01
College of Engineering

Award Criteria and Nominations