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Horace Mann Medal

The Horace Mann Medal was established in 2003 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Brown University Graduate School. The award is given annually to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia. The medal is awarded at the University's Commencement exercises in May. Any graduate of a Brown advanced-degree program is eligible.  The medal, which replaced the Distinguished Graduate School Alumni Award, is awarded at the University's Commencement exercises in May.

The Graduate School issues a call for nominations in September, with a late October deadline. A nomination should, at a minimum, include a strong supporting rationale for the nomination, expressed in a letter of nomination. Up to two additional supporting letters may also accompany the nomination. Send all nominations to

The final selection process takes place in the fall, in conjunction with the University's selection of honorary-degree recipients. (Nominations received after the deadline will be considered in the next round of review.) Selection news is announced in May. 

Previous Medal Recipients