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St. Lawrence Academy Medal


The award is sponsored by the State University of New York at Potsdam School of Education Alumni Association.


To recognize graduates of the SUNY School of Education who have distinguished themselves in the field of education and whose contributions were exceptional.

Election Criteria

The candidate must be an alum the SUNY Potsdam School of Education who has through significant contributions to the field of professional education, or a related field dignified the professions of teaching or community health profession in study, research, and practice either directly or indirectly in political, social or financial ways.

Selection Committee

The selection committee shall administer the needs and purposes of the SUNY Potsdam School of Education St. Lawrence Academy Medal. These duties shall include the processing of nominations and the selection of inductees, and the staging of presentation events. Membership on the selection committee shall consist of five members of the School of Education Advisory Board appointed by the president of the Board.

Selection Procedures

Each year appropriate groups will be solicited for nominations. Letters of nomination must include a completed nomination form and the following materials:

  • Three additional letters of support.
  • Resume of college activities and positions held.
  • Endeavors and accomplishments since graduation.
  • Present position, family, address and phone numbers.

Nominations must be approved by a majority vote of the selection committee before being placed in the nomination pool.

If a candidate accepted into the pool is not inducted, they shall be carried for a period of five years and is eligible for re-nomination.

The selection committee will prepare a list of no more than five candidates from the pool of nominees.

From the list of finalists, the committee will select the award winner by means of rank order vote.

Induction Ceremony

The President of the School of Education Alumni Board will notify the recipient, informing that person of the honor. A presentation of the award will take place each year at Reunion in July.


  • Whereas this medal is to be awarded to an alumnus/a who has contributed significantly to the field of professional education or related field; and
  • Whereas the roots of teacher education can be traced back to the founding of St. Lawrence Academy by Benjamin Raymond in 1916; and
  • Whereas teacher education was the primary focus of this institution until its designation as a four-year, liberal arts institution on September 29, 1961;
  • It is therefore fitting that this medal being established by the School of Education Alumni Association to recognize a professional to be named the St. Lawrence Academy Medal


  • Nominations must be submitted by February 1st of each year.
  • Nominee mus be recommended by four individuals
  • Medal is limited to one recipient per year.
  • Recipient is selected by the School of Education Alumni Advisory Board after a review of all nominations and supporting documents.
  • The presentation of the award will take place each year at Reunion in July.


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View past recipients of the St. Lawrence Academy Medal