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Awards and Honors

Showcasing Creighton’s exceptional alumni.

Our graduates contribute to the greater good. They live the ideals of a Jesuit, Catholic education.

We recognize their contributions to Creighton and their communities, honoring them with a number of awards.

Outstanding alumni

Alumni Merit Award and Achievement Citation

The Creighton University Alumni Merit Award recognizes outstanding alumni from each school and college. These passionate leaders enrich lives, encouraging and inspiring others while they serve selflessly, making a difference in their communities and leaving the world a better place.

See the 2020 winners

See past recipients of the Alumni Merit Award

See past recipients of the Alumni Achievement Citation


If you would like to nominate a distinguished alumnus for an award, please complete this form or contact us at alumni@creighton.edu or 402.280.2222. All nominations must be submitted by May 1.

Criteria for the award

  • Degree from Creighton University
  • Record of providing distinguished service to the University and/or the community
  • Demonstration of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being women and men for and with others.


  • When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
  • A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
  • Up to three letters of support will be accepted.

Spirit of Creighton Award

The Spirit of Creighton Award is a citation conferred on an undergraduate and graduate/professional student by the President of the University annually at the commencement exercises. Any faculty member, administrator or staff member at the University may submit a nomination.


Complete this form to nominate a student today!


The criteria is contained in the wording, which appears on the award itself:

“Whereas, the Founders of Creighton University, Edward and Mary Lucretia Creighton and John and Sarah Emily Wareham Creighton, were leaders of remarkable initiative and enterprise, of wisdom in action and modesty in achievement, of great personal sacrifice and spiritual formation for the good of others, for which they gave of their time and their resources generously and tirelessly; and in them these qualities were enveloped in the gracious spirit of American individuals who reverenced God. The honor of the award furthers Creighton University’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition: Excellent, purposeful higher education that produces women and men who are committed to service and are empowered to examine, engage and change the world.”

See past recipients of the Spirit of Creighton Award