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UW Service Recognition Program


The University of Washington funds the Service Recognition Program in an effort to recognize all permanent classified and professional staff for their continuous years of dedicated service to the University.

This program recognizes classified and professional staff for each five years of continuous service. Service is measured from the date of the most recent hire; periods of academic, student, or temporary employment are not included. Employees must be in active service on their anniversary date to receive a service award. Employees on a leave of absence during their service anniversary will receive the selected award upon return to work.


Human Resources works with each unit's service award coordinator to ensure that employees are notified of upcoming milestone service awards so that employees may select a service award prior to the milestone anniversary.

If your department does not currently have a service award coordinator, you should appoint someone who would value fulfilling this role. The designated service award coordinator should become familiar with the Service Award Coordinator Guide, which also suggests ways to enhance the recognition experience, and identifies other ways to recognize employees. The UWHR service award contact for your unit can answer any questions you or your service award coordinator have about the UW Service Recognition Program.