Employee Recognition Programs


Awards & Recognition

NC State faculty and staff are recognized and rewarded for their contributions to the mission, vision and values of NC State University. Our faculty and staff fulfill a vital role in the teaching of the brightest students, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff and leading the way with ground-breaking research. NC State values the importance of recognizing the contributions and commitment of its community.

Retirement Recognition Program

Staff and faculty who retire from NC State after having worked for at least twenty (20) years in a benefits-eligible at the university are eligible to receive a retirement gift from the University to commemorate their service. Retirees have the option of choosing from six (6) gifts, which are shipped to the retiree’s preferred address, the month they retire. Retirees should contact their assigned benefits consultant for information on the Retiree Gift Order Form.

Retirement Certificates

As a token of appreciation, departments may wish to present a retiring employee with a certificate signed by the Governor of North Carolina and NC State Chancellor. To be eligible, retiring University staff and faculty must have at least 10 years of state service. Retirement certificates are automatically ordered by the HR-Benefits Office each month for retiring employees. Please contact the Benefits Office at: 919-515-2151 if you have questions in regard to the certificates.

Department’s may choose to purchase a frame for their retiring employee’s certificate. Certificate measurements are 11″ x 14″. Suggested framing options are listed below:

The John R. Larkins Award is presented each year to a North Carolina state government employee who best exemplifies the deeds of John R. Larkins in human and race relations in the workplace and community. The award recognizes state government employees who are committed to equality for all, are dedicated to serving North Carolina citizens, and promote social responsibility in racial and ethnic relations.

Nominees must be permanent North Carolina state government employees with a minimum of 2 years of service. A panel selected by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Committee will judge each entry. The John R. Larkins Award recipient will be announced at the annual State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony.

For More Information please visit: https://oshr.nc.gov/state-employee-resources/benefits/employee-recognition/larkins-award

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
This is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. Nominations can be made for retiring individuals who have 30 or more years of service in the State of North Carolina. All submissions must include a biography of the nominee. Non-state employees must submit three (3) letters of recommendation and a statement of service from Human Resources on letterhead, if available. All nominations of state employees must be submitted by a Human Resources Officer and include a statement of service. Please note that all award requests for state employees must be submitted within 60 days of the nominee’s retirement date.
Request an Award

The Richard Caswell Award Program was established in January 1998 for state employees with 45 or more years of service. The award acknowledges and expresses appreciation for noteworthy, extended dedicated service. An appropriate statewide or agency-level ceremony is conducted annually for eligible employees.