The College of Education Celebrates Our Outstanding Students - 2016

Each semester Northern Arizona University gives the Gold Axe Award to seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the university in the areas of academic performance, service, and activities.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body. To this day, the gold axe pin is considered the official emblem of the Associated Students of NAU and is presented each semester to recognize students’ outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.

Students selected for a Gold Axe Award also are eligible for the President’s Prize, considered the highest student recognition from the university. After reviewing all the Gold Axe nominations, a universitywide committee makes its recommendations to the University's President, who then selects the President’s Prize winners.

Fall 2016

Distinguished Senior, Fall 2016


Gold Axe Recipients, Fall 2016

Below are the winners of this semester’s Gold Axe awards, along with the NAU faculty or staff member the students named as having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career.


Spring 2016

Distinguished Senior, Spring 2016


Gold Axe Recipients, Spring 2016

Below are the winners of this semester’s Gold Axe awards, along with the NAU faculty or staff member the students named as having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career.