Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni of distinction through two notable awards - the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Ellen Frei Gruber Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award reflects the five core values of which Alvernia has built its foundation - service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation and collegiality. The Ellen Frei Gruber Award recognizes and demonstrates the valuable contributions alumni of Alvernia University make to their professions, their community, and their country.  Both awards are presented at the President's Dinner in October.
Nominations for the awards are welcomed any time during the year. Additional information on how to submit a nomination can be obtained by calling the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement @ 610-796-8212 or email at

Each year, during Homecoming & Family Weekend, Alvernia recognizes individual alumni for their athletic achievements or contributions to Alvernia University athletics. The selection committee considers any factors it deems relevant, including but not limited to athletic ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, distinguished service and/or outstanding contributions to Alvernia University Athletics.