YLP Graduation Distinctions

Our goal is to prepare young women for a life of authentic, bold service leadership.  Each year we recognize students who have shown extraordinary commitment to the IWA leadership model.

Leadership Graduation Distinctions

Concentration in Leadership Studies

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Incarnate Word Academy is one of the only schools in the country to offer its students a concentration in leadership studies. This leadership designation is written on high school transcripts, and is communicated to colleges through student applications and teacher recommendations. Students can graduate with a concentration in leadership studies if they take 3 out of the 4 leadership courses.  A concentration course average of 90 or above is required.

Distinguished Leaders

Distinguished Leader is an honor given to those who have distinguished themselves during their time at IWA by living up to our definition of an authentic, bold servant leader–a person who has demonstrated significant personal growth and has created an extraordinary solution that makes the world special. It is required that each student selected for graduation distinction works with an IWA Faculty Distinguished Leader Coach and prepares an online portfolio which documents their completion of the requirements below:

  • Classroom Learning: Complete all requirements for the Leadership Concentration
  • Formal Enrichment: Complete a 4 day leadership/academic/service enrichment program  
  • IWA InvolvementWe expect Distinguished Leaders to take on a formal or informal leadership role in her clubs, leadership organizations, honor societies, student government, fine arts and athletic programs.
  • Extraordinary Solution: Distinguished Leaders leave a lasting legacy at IWA through their own extraordinary solution. This capstone accomplishment brings together all the pieces of their 4 year leadership journey at IWA. Students are required to work with a DL Faculty Coach, beginning as sophomores, to guide them in Formal Enrichment selection, their IWA Involvement, and defining and executing their Extraordinary Solution project.

See the full list of Distinguished Leader Guidelines here

Our Leadership Journeys

We think our recent graduates offer our most powerful testimonials. Watch these short videos for a glimpse into how YLP can help you lead a bold, courageous, authentic life.