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.

We honor our recipients

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

2017 Distinguished Alumni

J. Todd Hoeksema ’78 is senior research scientist at the W.H. Hansen Experimental Physics Lab at Stanford University. Todd is one of the top scientists in the international heliophysics community, studying the effects of the sun on the solar system.

Willie J. Jennings ’84 is associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale University Divinity School. An outstanding theologian in the areas of liberation theologies, cultural identities and anthropology, Jennings’ award-winning The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race is a landmark in the field.

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Any alumna or alumnus of Calvin is eligible, having attended for one year or its equivalent. Nominations due January 1.

Selection criteria

  1. Anyone who is an alumna or alumnus of Calvin is eligible, excluding any person who is on the staff of the college or seminary or who has attended the school within ten years of the time of consideration. Alumni are those who have attended Calvin College for one year or its equivalent.
  2. The "significant contribution" of the alumna or alumnus may be in any field of endeavor. The nature of the contribution and the extent to which it is deemed worthy of consideration is to be determined by the Selection Committee.
  3. The person selected for the award will be one who manifests a Christian commitment that reflects honor on Calvin.