Mercy College originally created the Catherine McAuley Awards for Nursing Excellence to honor alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (or its predecessor program, the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing), for their lifetime achievements to the profession of nursing, their service to their communities, and their efforts on behalf of Mercy College of Health Sciences. Today, the Catherine McAuley Awards for Professional Excellence are being sought for alumni from any academic programs associated with Mercy College of Health Sciences.


Nominees who are alumni must be graduates of a Mercy College School (Allied Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences, or Nursing or a predecessor program) and have completed their degree at least five (5) years before their nomination.  Nominees who are friends must have held an important historical role in the growth or development of an educational program offered by Mercy College or the College as an institution at least five (5) years before their nomination.  Alumni nominees should be persons who have made notable contributions to their profession, their community, and Mercy College or its predecessor institution. They should exhibit personal and professional integrity. The award may be given posthumously when appropriate.

Nomination Process

Each nomination must include the following items:

  • A letter of nomination explaining fully why the nominee deserves this honor focusing on 1) professional accomplishments, 2) community service, and 3) assistance to and involvement with Mercy College; including the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the persons making the nomination. Nomination of friends should only focus on vounteer efforts towards the College or its academic programs.

  • A formal, biographical sketch (a curriculum vita, resume or a similar factual statement) about the nominee.

The nomination form can be found on this site by clicking the "Nominate Now" button.

Selection Process

Members of the Alumni Association Advisory Committee will serve as the review committee for the award.  The selection committee will retain all nominations for further consideration for two (2) years if necessary to develop further supporting materials on nominees.

Award Ceremony

The distinguished alumni award will be presented at the commencement exercises held annually. 

The Award

The award is a framed copy of a portrait of Mother Mary Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, by artist Cloy Kent.

If you have questions about the award or the process, please contact