Milo Awards & Graduation Recognition

Celebrating Excellence in Student Leadership

Graduation Recognition

Student Life & Campus Community has been approved to issue "Student Leader Graduation Cords" to students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Served as a student leader in a registered student organization (officers, committee chairs, etc.). Students will need to have served as a student leader on campus for a minimum of 1 year (2 semesters) to qualify.  These semesters do not need to be consecutive but may have taken place at any time during your CU Denver leadership experience.
  • Completed any of the leadership certificate programs Student Life & Campus Community sponsor.
  • Completed any of our co-curricular cohort programs. An example is the LEAP Program on the Social Change Model of Leadership.
  • Completed a minimum of 50 hours of documented community service while a CU Denver student.

So that we are good stewards of our budget, students will only receive one cord regardless of meeting more than one of the options above. 

How do I receive my cord?

An annual email goes out to student organization officers approximately 4-6 weeks prior to graduation.  Recipients will need to fill out a graduation cord registration form and may then pick them up from the Student Life office the last week of classes thru exam week.

Students who complete a leadership certificate program or the LEAP program will receive their cord at the end of that experience.

Students who complete the 50 hours of community service requirement should contact Toni Aho ( to share your service records.  Toni will then issue the cord to you.

Got a Question? 

Contact Toni Aho, Coordinator for Leadership Education & Community Engagement

Milo Student Leadership Awards

The Milo Student Leaders Awards are typically awarded late in the spring semester. They celebrate CU Denver student leaders who displayed excellence as selected by their peers, faculty, and staff. Milo's Student Leader Scholarship is also awarded at this event. ‚Äč

Campus Wide Awards

Departmental Recognitions at the Milo Awards

  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • New Student Organization
  • Student Organization Member of the Year
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Government Association Initiative of the Year
  • Student Government Association Student Champion of the Year
  • Club Sports Member of the Year
  • Outstanding Sentry Writer
  • Outstanding Sentry Photographer
  • Outstanding Sentry Illustrator
  • Outstanding Sentry Editor
  • Student Led Event of the Year
  • Lynx Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Milo's Student Leader Scholarship ($500)
  • Peer Advocate of the Year (First Year Experience)
  • Student Employee of the Year
  • Student Ambassador of the Year (Admissions)
  • Wellness & Recreation Services (WRS) Student Employee of the Year
  • WRS Program Manager of the Year
  • WRS Facility Supervisor of the Year

Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners

Milo Awards (For NL)

Join us in celebrating our 2021 award recipients by watching The 2021 Virtual Milo Awards.