At the end of every academic year, Monmouth University Student Government Association announces the names of the finalists for this year's Outstanding Student Award. There is typically a long list of nominees who are selected by the members of the Student Government Association during the spring semester. Each of the nominees are invited to submit a resume and personal statement to the selection committee. In the end, four to five finalists are selected from a very competitive and talented group of nominees. During the weeks leading up to Commencement, Monmouth University's faculty, administration, and staff are asked to vote for the nominee who they feel has left their mark by affecting the University through his or her efforts. The winner is then invited to sit on the stage at Commencement with the Platform Party.