CIM recognizes the achievements of alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Achievement Award. Recipients of these awards are recognized at CIM's annual commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have attained the highest stature in their given field of performance, composition, music theory, musicology, teaching or arts administration. The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding alumni who have provided significant professional contributions in the area of performance, composition, music theory or pedagogy. 

Both awards will be presented at Honors Convocation, held during the 97th Commencement Ceremony in May 2022. Award recipients will share their powerful messages with the graduating class.