Spirit and Purpose of the Harvard Medal
The principal objective of the awarding of the Harvard Medal is to recognize extraordinary service to Harvard University. Extraordinary service can be in as many different areas of University life as can be imagined, including teaching, fundraising, administration, management, generosity, leadership, innovation, and labors in the vineyards.
The following kinds of people may serve as examples of those especially eligible for consideration for the Harvard Medal:
- Alumni/ae of Harvard University or Radcliffe College
- Former Overseers, members of the Harvard Corporation, or Radcliffe Trustees
- Former members of the staff or faculty of the University
- Members of organizations affiliated with the University such as the HAA or graduate school alumni associations and Visiting Committees or support groups for institutions such as the Fogg or sports teams
The following shall not normally be considered for the Harvard Medal:
- An active member of the Governing Boards, Faculty, or Staff.
- An individual on the occasion of his or her retirement.
- A deceased person.
If a candidate has previously received an honorary degree, consideration will be given to total service over the years, with principal emphasis on service subsequent to receipt of the honorary degree. Potential receipt of an honorary degree from the University shall be irrelevant in consideration of a nominee for an award. Review of nominations by the Corporation each year will safeguard against a person receiving both honors in the same year.
The appointed Chair of the Committee on Alumni Awards, along with the HAA staff liaison, request nominations for the recipients of the Harvard Medal. Email Kate Freed with your suggestions. Nominations received in a given year shall be carried over to the next year automatically. Each nomination shall be reviewed every three years to determine whether it merits continued consideration.