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 (Shipmate article)
DGA Recipients by Ceremony Year (includes videos)
DGA Recipients by Class Year
2019 Announcement and bio pages

Key Dates for 2020 Nomination Cycle

1 July 2019: Nominations Open
21 October 2019: Nomination Deadline
20 March 2020: Medal Ceremony

Key Dates for 2021 Nomination Cycle
1 July 2020: Nominations Open
21 October 2020: Nomination Deadline

Nomination Package Guidelines (word doc)

Full Description of the Award/Criteria (PDF)