Lucy Helm, UofL's 2022 Alumna of the Year
Lucy Lee Helm,’79, ’82 was honored as the 2022 UofL Alumna of the Year for her role chief partner officer for Starbucks, guiding the company through multiple human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Awards recognize exceptional and diverse achievements of UofL alumni
  • Nominations open through Friday, Feb. 17

The University of Louisville is now accepting nominations for its 2023 Alumni Awards, the highest honor bestowed by Louisville Alumni. For more than 30 years, the Alumni Awards have honored and celebrated the historic achievements of UofL graduates.

The UofL community and public are encouraged to nominate Louisville graduates who deserve to be recognized for their career accomplishments, philanthropic endeavors and contributions to the community. Honorees will be recognized during the 2023 Alumni Awards ceremony this fall during Homecoming week on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

“Louisville Alumni is grateful for the strong culture of alumni innovators, educators and collaborators who share the common bond of being UofL graduates,” said Josh Hawkins, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “These awards recognize distinguished graduates who are exemplary ambassadors for the university and reflect the high standing and character of their alma mater.”

In addition to Alumni Fellow awards designated for each school and college, Louisville Alumni also will present awards for Emerging Leader, Diversity Leadership, Alumni Ambassador and the Wilson Wyatt Alumnus(a) of the Year. 

New to the program this year is the first-ever Military Alumni Award, an honor that allows UofL to celebrate its commitment, support and appreciation of UofL’s many military-connected alumni.

The Wilson Wyatt Alumnus(a) of the Year award personifies the qualities, mission and values of the university. The 2022 Alumna of the Year was awarded to Lucy Lee Helm ’79, ’82 who, as chief partner officer, guided Starbucks through multiple human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Students, graduates and friends of the university can submit online nominations to the Office of Alumni Relations until Friday, Feb. 17.

Criteria for each award, as well as nomination forms, are available online at Listings of previous Alumni Awards honorees also can be found on the website. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 502-852-6186 or visit