Employee Recognition

Years of Service Awards Ceremony 2023

Each year, Holy Cross honors its distinguished employees celebrating service milestones from 5 to 50 years at a reception.

Please join us in celebrating these employees by watching our service milestones video

Claire B. Burns Awards Program to Honor Holy Cross Employees

Each year, the College presents the Claire B. Burns Awards to non-exempt employees of the College, currently working or retired, who in the fulfillment of their responsibilities have demonstrated, fostered, and promoted the spirit of family, which is a treasured characteristic of the Holy Cross community. The awards program was established and endowed in 1997 by Donal J. Burns '49 in honor of his wife, Claire, an alumna of the Class of 1990.

In 2008, The Rev. William J. O'Halloran, S.J. Award was established as part of the program to honor Fr. O'Halloran's long years of service to the College, from 1963-2008; his closeness to non-exempt employees; and his contributions to the Claire B. Burns Employee Award Program. During his tenure with the College, Fr. O'Halloran served as chair of the psychology department, assistant chaplain, rector of the Jesuit Community, trustee, vice president of the College, and special assistant to the president.

Holiday Celebration and Claire B Burns Employee Award Presentation

You Make a Difference Program

We have launched a peer-to-peer recognition program, which allows employees to recognize any of their peers at the College. A recognition “Thank You” goes a long way!  Nominations for dollar awards can be sent to HR directly (workforcedevelopment@holycross.edu), or can be sent through your Division head. HR can also receive information about nominations via the You Make a Difference Portal and can follow-up with a spot dollar award - please contact us at the address above with questions about using the portal or general questions about this program.