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.

2021 Award Recipient: Rod Ludema


2021 Award Recipient: Elbert Van Donkersgoed



We honor our recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award is traditionally presented annually at the Maroon and Gold Gala during Homecoming weekend.

See past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award »


Eligibility and selection criteria

Email alumni@calvin.edu 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