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.

The program is governed by the DGA Program Guidelines, approved and curated by the Board of Trustees.

**The 2025 DGA nomination window opens on 1 July 2024 and closes on 15 October 2024**

Nominate your fellow alumni for the 2025 Distinguished Graduate Award using the links below. Questions? Contact the DGA program manager Wes Huey '87 at or 410-295-4023.

The Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) program honors living U.S. Naval Academy graduates who have made a distinctive contribution to their field or community and have demonstrated sustained, active support for the Naval Academy, Naval Academy Alumni Association, Naval Academy Foundation, or affiliate groups. Each year up to four graduates are chosen from a field of candidates nominated by their alumni peers for this, the highest honor the Alumni Association bestows on a living graduate and selected by the DGA Selection Panel, chaired by Admiral Harry Harris ’78, USN (Ret.). Recipients receive a medal awarded in Alumni Hall each spring. 

Meet the 2024 DGA RECIPIENTS

  • • ADM Dennis C. Blair, USN (Ret.), Class of 1968
  • • ADM Samuel J. Locklear III, USN (Ret.), Class of 1977
  • • Mr. Jerrold L. Miller, Class of 1977
  • • Mr. John F. Young, Class of 1978

The 2024 DGA Medal Ceremony was held on Friday, 22 March 2024, at Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy.

Read the press release with abbreviated bios here.

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

Recent DGA IN Memoriam:

Distinguished Graduate (2000) Maj Gen William A. Anders ’55, USAFR (Ret.)

Distinguished Graduate (2014) Lt Gen Thomas P. Stafford '52, USAF (Ret.)

Distinguished Graduate (2009) ADM Bruce DeMars '57, USN (Ret.)

2025 Nomination Package Guidelines and Cover Page

Downloadable Nomination Package Guidelines and Cover Page (MS Word)

Nomination Package Guidelines and Cover Page (PDF)

DGA Program Guidelines, Criteria, and Description

DGA Program Guidelines and Selection Criteria (PDF)