Bridgewater Alumni Association Awards

An annual tradition, the Bridgewater Alumni Association presents awards to distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university—people who have made an impact in their community through their work or service to others. 




Each award is listed below with its criteria and the previous year's recipient. The universal nomination form can be completed and submitted by anyone, and we encourage you to make multiple nominations.

The Alumni Awards Dinner is typically held in November.  The Afro-American Alumni Association Awards are given at the organization's annual dinner in March.  The Sarah Lewis award winner is recognized at both events.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at



  • May 25th              Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) Nominations Process Open
  • July 1st                BAA Nomination Period Closes
  • July 1st - 29th       BAA Sub-Committee Reviews Nominations 
  • July 29th              BAA Sub-Committee Meeting to Discuss Nominations and Makes Recommendations
  • August 10th         BAA Sub-Committee Notifies Recipients to Confirm Attendance 
  • November 14th    BAA Alumni Awards Dinner


2018 Award Winners


BAA Alumni Awards


Dr. Catherine Comeau served 24 years as professor of physical education at Bridgewater, 12 of those years as the chair of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies (MAPHLS). This award is presented to a distinguished graduate who received a Baccalaureate degree from MAHPLS. The recipient must have graduated at least five years ago and must be an influential role model in the field. Learn More »


Dr. George Weygand, '53, G'56, was a distinguished emeritus professor (1958-1999) who in addition to his three terms as alumni president also played countless other key leadership roles in sustaining the spirit of the Bridgewater Alumni Association. This award recognizes a Bridgewater State University graduate who demonstrates generosity and places a high priority on service to create a legacy for future generations of alumni. Qualifications for this award include the ability to build understanding and awarness through alumni association invovlement and leadership. Learn More »


Dr. Marilyn White Barry, '58 is a distinguished alumna, emeritus professor (1972-1987) and former Dean of the Graduate School (1987-1998). This award is given to an alumnus/na of the College of Graduate Studies who has demonstrated the qualities of outstnading professional achievement at the state, regional or national level. Learn More »


This award was named in honor of the university's first president (then called "headmaster") who served in this pioneering post from 1840-1853. The award honors a Bridgewater alumnus/na who has demonstrated the qualities of outstanding leadership, excellence in performance, and outstanding personal achievement in the field of public education at the state, regional or national level. Learn More »


Dr. Adrian Tinsley, the 10th President of Bridgewater (1989-2002), has been an ardent advocate for the liberal and fine arts throughout her distinguished career in higher education. This award is given to a Bridgewater State University graduate who has demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement or whose leadership has been exemplary in the preservation and promotion of the arts. Learn More »


In his more than 24 years as President of Bridgewater State University, Dr. Adrian Rondileau instilled an unwavering institutional commitment to community service. The Rondileau Award recognizes a Bridgewater graduate who demonstrates the qualities most valued by Dr. Rondileau, the eight president of the university. The recipient must demonstrate exceptional competence and accomplishment within his/her chosen profession, as well as exceptional service to his/her community leading to the improvement of community life. Learn More »


This award is presented to a current member of the faculty, staff or administration who has volunteered his or her energy and talents to enrich the lives of students at Bridgewater State University. The work being recognized must demonstrate exceptional dedication and commitment to the development of students. Learn More »