Distinguished Graduate Award Program



The Distinguished Graduate Award
was established in 1998 to

honor graduates who have
demonstrated a lifetime
commitment to service,
personal character and distinguished
contributions to our nation.

On 12 May 2017, the
Alumni Association
Board of Trustees
formalized the program
by approving the
Distinguished Graduate
Award Program Guidelines resolution.

The Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) is given annually to a graduate of the United States Naval Academy nominated by a member of the Association and selected by the DGA Selection Panel, chaired by Admiral Harry Harris ’78, USN (Ret.). The recipient will receive a medal and is expected to attend the DGA Ceremony. 


Program ~ Full Ceremony Video ~ Recap Video ~ Photos

Read the press release with abbreviated bios here.

See the full list of DGA recipients by class year and by ceremony year.

Guidelines and Description

Nomination Package Guidelines (PDF)

Full Description of the Award/Criteria (PDF)