Carnegie Mellon University

Senior Leadership Recognition

Annually, Carnegie Mellon University recognizes graduating seniors via a process known as Senior Leadership Recognition, where staff and faculty across the University nominate students who have made significant contributions during their time as a member of the Carnegie Mellon University community. While we have many talented and involved students in each graduating class, this recognition is reserved for those students who have made an unparalleled impact on our community. These individuals leave Carnegie Mellon a better place as a result of their leadership, vision, and initiative. Nominations are due no later than midnight on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. Please contact Sam Waltemeyer, Assistant Director of SLICE & Housefellow, with any questions.

Previous Recipients

Areas of Impact

Each recipient of this recognition has created a unique imprint on the culture and life of this institution through his or her contributions to academics and research, the arts, athletics, civic engagement, and community development. We encourage nominators to consider the following when nominating students:

Academics and Research

Students display unparalleled leadership by demonstrating superior aptitude in their academic field of study while advancing research and making unique contributions to the intellectual life of the campus community.  Through their work product, research, and initiatives, they drive progress and solutions to problems. Nominees may engage in focused, individualized work on a sustained independent project; enhance the community’s commitment to academic excellence; utilize creative and novel methods for leading and supporting their fellow students in their academic pursuits; or demonstrate superior initiative in applying knowledge in the community.


Students display unparalleled leadership by utilizing their artistic talents and inquiry as a means of self-exploration or as a community catalyst.  The contributions of the nominee have served to enhance opportunities for artistic development and appreciation within the Carnegie Mellon community. Nominees may also utilize their artistic talents to promote community development, reflect diversity towards encouraging inclusion, and facilitate conversations surrounding societal issues.


Students display unparalleled leadership by playing a significant role in athletic life through participation on campus athletic teams, sustained involvement in intramural activities or club sports, or commitment to advancing appreciation for the Carnegie Mellon athletic community.   They embrace the role of being a scholar athlete and exhibit leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship both on and off the field through understanding of self and consistent demonstration of their values. These students actively seek opportunities to help teammates learn, grow and develop as individuals.

Civic Engagement

Students display unparalleled leadership as they leverage their individual skills, through volunteer and/or philanthropic initiatives, to positively impact the CMU, Pittsburgh, and/or global community. These outstanding students exemplify a commitment to the sustainability of their efforts and an understanding of the needs of the community.

Community Development

Students display unparalleled leadership via active engagement in campus organizations and broad-based campus improvement initiatives.  These students contribute to the metacurricular experience at Carnegie Mellon through sustained community-oriented activity in clubs and student organizations, residential house communities, fraternities and sororities, advisory councils, student government, or other student leadership roles. These students devote a substantial amount of effort in support of others, actively seeking opportunities to help others learn, grow and develop as individuals in areas related to wellness, diversity, spirituality and social responsibility. Nominees may also utilize their individual leadership skills to foster a more diverse and inclusive community at Carnegie Mellon.

Nominations and Eligibility Details

Senior Leadership Recognition recognizes seniors who plan to graduate between December 2018 and August 2019.  Nominations will be accepted from staff and faculty members beginning January 7 and will be due by midnight on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Students who are nominated will be invited to share a one page (max 500 word) acceptance letter, reflecting on their leadership journey in the Carnegie Mellon community. Detailed information on how to submit this letter and prompts will be made available to the nominees. The letter must be received in order to be eligible for the recognition.  A review committee of staff and faculty will review all student letters and corresponding nominations in order to select all students who will be recognized at the ceremony.

The Senior Leadership Recognition Ceremony

Invitations to the Senior Leadership Recognition ceremony will be sent to all recipients and nominators in late April; an RSVP will be required. The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17, the Friday before Commencement in Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center.