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Alumni Award HonoreesAn audience of close to 400 alumni, faculty, administrators, family and friends gathered to celebrate Northwestern University’s 81st annual Alumni Awards April 12. The top award of the program, the Alumni Medal, was given to Dennis H. Chookaszian, a University Life Trustee and retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies. Watch the tribute video to 2014 Alumni Medal Recipient Chookaszian.

Among the awardees was Cody Keenan, a 2002 graduate of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, who was honored with the 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Keenan serves as assistant to the president of the United States and as director of speechwriting at the White House, overseeing all public remarks for President Barack Obama. Watch President Obama offer his congratulations to Keenan below.





Since 1932, the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) has carried on the cherished tradition of honoring alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professional and personal achievers in their fields and who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater.

Each year, the NAA recognizes these individuals, those whose accomplishments have reflected positively not only on their own abilities, but also on Northwestern University.

These alumni have given much time and energy to support the University's welfare and progress. That progress depends not only on academic excellence but also on the professional accomplishments and dedicated service of the University's alumni. Thus, the NAA is proud to honor these distinguished graduates in the presence of Northwestern faculty, administrators, and friends at an annual awards celebration.