Distinguished Graduate Awards


The Naval Academy Alumni Association recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in various different endeavors, which include but are not limited to their military service.  While nominations for this prestigious award may come from different sources, most recipients are nominated by their classmates!  As detailed below, two members of the Class of 1973 have been recognized by the Alumni Association as Distinguished Graduates, based on nominations by our Class.  Maybe we can go for three!!!

The 2021 Alumni Association Nomination Package Guidelines and additional guidance documents are provided in the following links.  The 2021 Guidance was updated as of 2 January 2020.

2021 Guidance For Distinguished Graduate Award Submissions



The following classmates have received the Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA):

  • ADM Robert F. Willard, USN (Ret) received the award in 2019.  The following link will take you to a copy of the program for the ceremony. DGA Program
  • ADM Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret) received the award in 2017.  The following link will take you to a copy of the program for the ceremony. 2017 Program

The Naval Academy Alumni Association has added videos of the 2017 and 2019 DGA ceremonies to its website (see the links below). You will be able to view the full ceremonies.

2019 Ceremony: 2019 Program ~ 2019 Ceremony Video ~ Photos

2017 Ceremony: ~ 2017 Ceremony Video (includes biographical videos)

The following photos were taken at a reception that the Class held for Bob Willard the Naval Academy Club prior to his award ceremony.