University Committee on Public Honors - Award Descriptions
St. Francis Xavier Medal
Recognizes outstanding individuals who, through their lives and endeavors, exemplify the qualities that made Francis Xavier a saint of action, courage, daring and imagination; and who have manifested high moral principles in their professional lives.
Recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in a vocation, well above the normal expectations; outstanding contributions to Xavier University; outstanding contributions to society through involvement in governmental, philanthropy, or social and civic affairs at the local, state, national, or international level; outstanding contribution in any area of endeavor well beyond expectations.
Is given to recognize exceptional individuals for leadership accomplishments of the highest distinction in their field or professional career i.e. medicine, law, education, science, government and public service, business or other fields who have contributed to the betterment of society and who exemplify the values and mission of Xavier University.
Paul L. O'Connor Award
Recognizes an individual who has served Xavier University in extraordinary ways, and whose life and work exemplify the spirituality of Ignatius as lived by Paul L. O'Connor, a spiritual style that embodies a blend of humanism, pragmatism, and service.
Distinguished Alumnus(a) Award
Recognizes a Xavier Alumnus(a) who has given outstanding service to the University and/or society and whose life reflects Jesuit morals and ethical values.
Founders Day Award
For outstanding commitment to Xavier and dedicated service to the community.
Sister Mary Virginia Sullivan Award
This award is given for outstanding service, either to Edgecliff or another sector of the community (i.e. the church, family, arts, business profession, politics or civic and charitable organizations). This service could be in public or private life or through career or volunteer work. The nominee's life should reflect a commitment to the moral and intellectual values and ideals of Edgecliff, and should serve as an extension of those standards in service to others. Any Edgecliff Alumna(us), graduate and non-graduate, is eligible for the nomination.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Honors student-athletes and other individuals closely connected with Xavier's athletic program. Honorees will have made outstanding contributions to their sport and/or Xavier's athletic program and exhibited exemplary sportsmanship and character.
Recognizes a Xavier undergraduate alumnus (ae) who, within 15 years of graduation, has achieved a high degree of excellence and embodies Jesuit morals and ethical values in his/her life.