Awards & Honors


Agronomic Achievement Award


The Agronomic Achievement Award was established by the Purdue Department of Agronomy in 2000, to recognize and honor alumni and friends of the department for contributions to the profession or industry. Individuals selected must be in attendance to receive this award. 


Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award


The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award was created in 1992 to recognize mid-career alumni of Purdue's College of Agriculture. Honorees must have a demonstrated record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to his/her profession or society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth. Selections are made by a committee comprised of the Dean of Agriculture, associate deans, assistant dean, department heads and unit directors. Typically, ten or fewer alumni are selected to receive the award. 

More information about this award can be found on the Agricultural Alumni Awards​ website.


Certificate of Distinction


The Certificate of Distinction is the highest award of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association. It is presented at the Association's annual meeting, The Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry is held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds every February. The Certificate of Distinction is intended to recognize those who have contributed significantly to agriculture, forestry or natural resources through professional accomplishments, activity in professional organizations, community service work, and other activities that make the nominees a credit to their profession. 

More information about this award can be found on the Agricultural Alumni Awards​ website.


Honorary Doctorate


The Honorary Degree is an academic degree for which Purdue University has waived the usual requirements. This degree is conferred in a way to honor those who have established a national reputation of accomplishment in their careers. Very often, these persons have been previously honored by national and international organizations; their work has been cited by peers, again on a national level, and in all cases the candidates are recognized as leaders from a very broad perspective.