Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement

Honorary Alumni

The designation of Honorary Alumni is bestowed upon those community members who have served Reed College and/or the Alumni Association with honor, integrity, and distinction. This honor formally recognizes exemplary leadership and service, and identifies those dedicated persons who have substantially contributed to Reed’s success. 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors (also referred to as the Alumni Board) has the authority to honor an individual by naming them an Honorary Alumni member of the Reed College Alumni Association.

Nomination Process 

Alumni, faculty, and staff of Reed College may nominate someone for Honorary Alumni status at any time for consideration during the annual Alumni Board Nominations Committee process, which traditionally takes place from June 1 to July 15. Nominations are vetted by the Executive Director of Advancement and forwarded to the Nominations Committee for review. 

For questions regarding the nomination process, or to nominate someone outside the call for nominations period June 1 - July 15, please email Any nominations received after July 15 will be considered the following year.

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Provided outstanding service to Reed College and/or the Alumni Association
  • Demonstrated loyalty to Reed College and the Alumni Association
  • Demonstrated commitment to Reed College’s values
  • Encouraged a culture of equity and inclusion at Reed College or for the Alumni Association
  • Exemplified honorable behavior throughout their engagement with the Reed College community

Who Cannot Be Considered? 

  • Graduates of Reed College
  • Current Reed College employees or faculty members
  • Trustees serving current terms on the Reed College Board of Trustees, and their spouses/partners

Selection Process

By tradition, retiring emeriti faculty of the college are automatically considered for Honorary Alumni status. The Alumni Board Nominations Committee will review all nominations, finalize their list of recommendations, and send them to the full Alumni Board ahead of the fall meeting. Following a vote by the Alumni Board, the President of the Alumni Association will notify the Executive Director of Advancement with the list of Honorary Alumni approved by the Alumni Board. Those designated will then be formally notified by the Executive Director of Advancement. The Alumni Board reserves the right to revoke Honorary Alumni status by vote at any time if it determines such action is necessary.

Please direct any questions about the nomination or selection process to