This award is presented annually to alumni who have made significant contributions to their field of endeavor and manifest a Christian commitment, thus honoring Calvin.

2023 Award Recipient: Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos tribute video

2023 Award Recipient: Janne Ritskes

Janne Ritskes tribute video

We honor our recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented during Homecoming weekend.

See past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award »

Eligibility and selection criteria

Email to nominate an alum for this award. Please state why you believe the candidate meets the award criteria.

This alum...

  • has made a significant contribution in his or her field of endeavor and is recognized by associates for outstanding achievement
  • manifests a Christian commitment
  • reflects honor on Calvin University
  • attended Calvin University more than 10 years ago
  • is not currently employed by Calvin University or Calvin Theological Seminary