Purple & Old Gold Award
The Purple and Old Gold Award is the highest award given by the University of Northern Iowa. Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement ceremonies in 1939. Recipients of this honor wear a bronze medal to symbolize their outstanding achievements, are noted in the Commencement Program, and a permanent notation is made on their academic transcript.
Departments submitting student names for recognition should complete the form online here.
The Purple and Old Gold Meritorious Award for Meritorious Scholarship:
The Purple and Old Gold Meritorious Award is awarded to one graduating student in each academic department (or major academic field when unique disciplines are combined into a school or merged department) who has demonstrated outstanding academic success at the university. Candidates are identified by the Office of the Registrar and departments select one recipient.
Students graduating at the end of the fall semester are also eligible for consideration for the awards at the following spring commencement. Students must have earned at the University of Northern Iowa at least 60-89 semester hours with a UNI cumulative grade index of 3.60 or 90 semester hours with a UNI cumulative grade index of 3.50.
The Purple and Old Gold Award for Conspicuous Achievement:
The Purple and Old Gold Award for Conspicuous Achievements is granted to one graduating student in each of the following extra-curricular fields (Athletics, Art, Digital Media, Forensics, Journalism, Music, Performance Studies, and Theatre) who has completed an outstanding public performance, show, event, or publicly displayed piece that distinguishes their ability from their peers. Candidates are identified by leaders in identified areas and nominations are given to the Office of the Registrar.
The areas recognized will be reviewed each year by the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Provost. Adjustments will be made to the qualifying areas when departments or colleges are added and/or disbanded. A thorough explanation (in writing) of how an academic field distinguishes itself from other similar areas is the responsibility of the academic unit requesting an additional award.
To maintain the prestige of this award, consideration of additional awards is rarely approved and must be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar one year in advance.
Procedure for Selection:
Office of the Registrar provides a list of the eligible candidates to each of the appropriate departments/colleges. The department selects one nominee in the identified categories. The name of the selected nominee must be submitted online at least one month prior to the spring commencement. For Spring 2023, the form must be submitted no later than Friday, March 31.
Current Listing of Disciplines for Meritorious Achievement
|College of Business|
|Accounting||152, 15E, 158|
|Economics||921, 922, 925, 926|
|Finance||16F,16I, 16R, 16S, 16W|
|Management||14C, 15C, 15D, 15F, 15O|
|Management Information Systems||141, 14A, 14B, 14D|
|Marketing||13B, 13E, 13F, 13H, 13J, 13M, 13R, 13S|
|Supply Chain Management||15S|
|College of Education|
|Early Childhood Education||210|
|Public Health & Education||410, 411, 41A, 41C-41H, 41J, 41L, 41N, 41P, 41S, 41W, 41X|
|Leisure Services||43A-43J, 43L, 43N, 43P-43W, 43Z|
|Middle School/Jr. High School Education||21V|
|Physical Education||420, 42B, 42E, 42F, 42H, 42L, 42M, 42P|
|College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences|
|Art||600, 605, 60D, 60H, 60S|
|Communication Studies||48C, 48G, 48H, 48I, 48O, 48M, 48P, 48T, 48V|
|Communicative Sciences & Disorders||510, 512|
|Electronic Media (Digital Media)||48E, 48X, 48Y, 48Z|
|Humanities, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies (chosen by Dean of the college)||680, 911, 912, 913|
|Music||520, 52A, 52B, 52E, 52H, 52I, 52J, 52L, 522, 5T1-5T6|
|Public Relations||47A, 47B, 47C, 48P|
|Russian||697, 770, 77W|
|Theatre||490, 49A-49F, 49H, 49M, 49P, 49S|
|TESOL/Modern Languages||692, 694, 697, 698|
|Biology||84A-84M, 84P, 84Q, 84R, 84T, 84U, 84V, 84W, 844-849|
|Chemistry/Biochemistry||86B-86E, 862, 863, 865|
|Computer Science||810-815, 81B, 81N, 81S|
|Earth Science/Geology/Environmental Science||870-873, 878, 879, 87A, 87E, 87N|
|Technology - BA||33W, 34T, 34U, 3GT|
|Technology - BS||33K, 33S, 34G, 34H, 34J, 35A, 35G, 35E|
|Mathematics||800-809, 80B, 80C, 80D, 80H, 80R, 80S|
|Physics||880-888, 88B, 88C 88E, 88H, 88N, 88P, 88S|
|Science (selected by Chair of Science Education)||82A, 82J|
|College of Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|Asian Studies/European Studies/Russian & East European Studies, American Studies, Global Studies (chosen by Dean of the college)||911, 912, 913, OGS|
|Criminology||982, 98C, 98J|
|Textile & Apparel||32T|
|Geography||970-974, 97A-97F, 97H-97N, 97P, 97R, 97S|
|Political Science||940, 94C|
|Public Administration||944-947, 949, 94E, 94G, 94H, 94P, 94Q, 94X|
|Social Science||90A, 90B, 90C|
|Continuing Education & Special Programs|
|Individual Studies, BLS, General Studies||
001, 030-039, 0HS, 0CJ, 0RA, 0SO, 0HU, GS0-GS4, N20-N25
Current Listing of Disciplines for Conspicuous Achievement
- Athletics (Men)
- Athletics (Women)
- Electronic Media
- Performance Studies