Events & Programs

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. The recipient will receive a medal and is expected to attend the DGA Ceremony. 

DGA 2019 Ceremony and Complete Biographies
DGA Recipients by Ceremony Year 
DGA Recipients by Class Year
2019 Announcement 

Key Dates for 2020 Nomination Cycle

1 July 2019: Nominations Open
21 October 2019: Nomination Deadline
TBD Spring 2020: Medal Ceremony

Nomination Package Guidelines (PDF)

Full Description of the Award/Criteria (PDF)