Distinguished Graduate Award


Tomorrow, Friday, March 24, our classmate, Cecil Haney (29th CO), will be honored by our Alumni Association as one of this year‘s Distinguished Graduate Award recipients. While quite a few of us will be in attendance, the rest of us will be there in spirit.

There are plans to video the ceremony. When the video is made available for viewing, we will provide a link on our social media and send an email “news blast” so you can view the DGA ceremony. In the meantime, stay tuned to the Naval Academy and the Alumni Association for social media and press releases for news and photos.

We all applaud Cecil for receiving this award, but we also know there are more classmates out there who are just as deserving of such recognition. If you have a recommendation for someone from our class to be nominated as a 2024 DGA candidate, please go to the Alumni Association website where you can find the criteria and process for nominating someone for this award, and you can determine if they are eligible. Then let your Class Officers and your company rep know who you are recommending for consideration. We will pass your nomination to our Class DGA Nomination Committee, made up of 10-12 Class Officers and other volunteers, who develops the strong nomination packages needed to support having a classmate selected as a Distinguished Graduate. If you would like to join our class DGA Nomination Committee, please contact Matt Elias, our committee chair, at melias@bens.org. Once the Committee starts work on the 2024 nominations, it will meet bi-weekly for 10-12 weeks working in small groups to interview nominees, draft narratives, seek and receive supporting endorsement letters, and completing the final nomination packages.

We are a great class with many individuals having achieved the pinnacle of success in the military, in commerce and industry, and in our government and communities. These classmates have also demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and support for the Naval Academy and the Alumni Association and their missions through volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. We would like to recognize and nominate as many eligible candidates as we can. 

We are looking forward to honoring Cecil tomorrow and many others over the next few years.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978