Distinguished Graduate Award Program



2021 Recipients

(sitting l-r: Curtis '76, Allen '76; standing l-r Sharer '70, Snyder '06, Mines '80)

In Memoriam
(those Distinguished Graduates
who passed away in 2022):

CAPT John Crawford, Jr. ’42,
USN (Ret.)

ADM Thomas Hayward ’48,
USN (Ret.)

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. 

2022 Distinguished Graduates Announced

• Peter de Vos ’71
• Vice Admiral William “Doug” Crowder ’74, USN (Ret.)
• J. Michael Yeager ’76
• Rear Admiral Margaret “Peg” Klein ’81, USN (Ret.)
• Vice Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter ’81, USN (Ret.)

Read the full announcement here.

2021 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients

• Kevin W. Sharer ’70
• General John R. Allen ’76, USMC (Ret.)
• Vice Admiral Derwood “DC” Curtis ’76, USN (Ret.)
• Janie L. Mines ’80
• Lieutenant Bradley W. Snyder ’06, USN (Ret.)

Read the full announcement here.
Press release; Videos and Photo Coverage

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)


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.