Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.

HerrmannPursuing a degree in English, Ed Herrmann was a member of Cap and Dagger, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi dramatic honor society, and vice president of the Student Association. After graduation, he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship.

On Broadway, he won the Tony Award in 1976 for his performance in Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 1983, he was awarded the Theater Guild Medal for his performance in Plenty. The scope of his work has extended far beyond the stage to motion pictures, radio, and television. In 1977, he received two Emmy nominations and won the Television Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin. In 1999, he won an Emmy for The Practice and the Audie Award for audio recording. He has worked extensively for The History Channel, A & E, and PBS.

At the same time, he has returned to campus many times to speak with students about careers in theater. He received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the university in 1983, and gave the commencement address to the Class of 1989. He has been the director of the Bucknell Association for the Arts, appeared in a benefit performance for the Harvey Powers Theater, and narrated several videos for The Bucknell Campaign.