All institutions submitting entries in the DEAC Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni Program must submit a write-up of their graduate or alumni. Writeups should adhere to the following guidelines (DEAC reserves the right to edit submissions to confirm they adhere to the published guidelines.):

Name of Institution: ABC University

Graduate's full name: Dr. John Smith, III 

City and State of Graduate: Washington, DC 

Tag Line:
...distance education helped him earn is degree

NOTE: Tag Line should be no more than 15 words.

Opening Paragraph: Dr. John Smith, III was working as a sales associate at a home improvement store when he injured his shoulder. Fortunately, career re-training was part of his worker's compensation settlement. That's when he discovered ABC University's distance education programs and enrolled in their Bachelor of Arts program.

NOTE: The Opening Paragraph should include the graduate/alumni's name, the name of the institution, and the course/program the graduate/alumni completed. The Opening Paragraph should be no longer than 50 words. The Opening Paragraph should not contain any quotes from the graduate/alumni.

Two Biography Paragraphs:
John graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was later selected out of 185 candidates for a new position. His new knowledge helped him to contribute to his employer and career by using his studies, including his capstone project, which helped to move his company forward with new technology decisions.

Since his graduation, John has contributed to a host of volunteer situations, including the United Way. He was also selected to serve on several boards, including the XYZ Center in Washington, DC, of which he was a Director as well as a member of the Personnel Committee.

NOTE: The two biography paragraphs should include information about the graduate/alumni's academic record, job promotions, public interests served, contributions to their chosen field, etc. The two biography paragraphs should be no more than 250 words, total. The two biography paragraphs should not contain any quotes from the graduate/alumni.

Quote from Graduate/Alumni:
"I was very impressed with ABC University. Their flexible, relevant programs turned my long-sought dream of obtaining my Bachelor of Arts into a reality."

NOTE: The quote from the graduate/alumni should be less than 50 words.


Questions about the Outstanding Graduate/Famous Alumni writeup should be directed to Robert Chalifoux DEAC's Director of Media and Events, at