The SPAHP alumni relations office supports University efforts to carry on the tradition of honoring alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professional and personal achievers in their respective fields and who have dedicated their time and service to their alma mater.
An Alumni Merit Award is given annually to an outstanding alumna/alumnus at the Creighton University President’s Alumni Dinner during Alumni Homecoming Weekend. The recipient of the award must qualify for this honor according to the following criteria:
- Be a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University
- Have provided distinguished service to the University and/or to his/her own community together with a way of life that clearly exemplifies the University credo
- Have a personal quality that makes him/her as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others
The Young Alumni Appreciation Awards are conferred annually on an outstanding graduate from each of the three disciplines in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy) who earned his/her degree from Creighton in the past 10 years. The citation is awarded to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional practice, community service or other areas that reflect positively on our School and the University.
Recipients of the award are chosen based on these qualifications:
- Personal qualities that makes them of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for and with others
- Distinguished service to the University, to their profession and/or to their own community together with a way of life that clearly exemplifies the University credo
Honorary degrees are traditionally presented at commencement to individuals who have provided distinguished service to the state, to learning or to mankind; to letters, to art, to music, to education, or to science; or have provided constructive philanthropy or some other outstanding public service. If possible, the degree should indicate the character of the service. The service shall be general in its effects and not merely local. Recipients must manifest intellectual gifts, displayed either by writing or activities, which would rank them with scholars or entitle them to recognition by learned or education societies of the highest standing. Recipients should also manifest such qualities in their personal lives that would mark them as belonging among individuals of culture and high moral principles.
The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has awarded honorary degrees upon these recipients:
- Thomas R. Dolan, BSPHA’64 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997.
- Brett G. Sherman was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree, posthumously, in 1999.
- Nicholas A. Steichen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, posthumously, in 2000.
- Rebecca D. Coon was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree, posthumously, in 2011.
- John P. Wareham was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016.
- William L. Kibalama was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree, posthumously, in 2018.