Awards & Honors

Our alumni make amazing things happen in the world. Their accomplishments and contributions benefit both society and our campus, advancing the common good and inspiring with insight and creativity. To celebrate our alumni, we honor those who represent family, community and Davidson with character, grace, and humility.

Help the Alumni Association Board of Directors by nominating a worthy alumnus/a to receive an award by sending an email or filling out the nomination form.

The board considers several factors in making awards. Previous winners are ineligible. Traditionally, recipients of honorary degrees from the college, current association board members and trustees, and current members of the college faculty and staff are not considered. Furthermore, the board tries to make awards, whenever possible, to individuals in classes celebrating reunions.

Nominations may be submitted at any point, but should be received at least one year in advance of a reunion so that the board may collect all nominees, deliberate, and vote on recipients.

Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes alumni who have performed a high degree of service to the college. These awards are usually given to those in reunion years during Reunion Weekend in the summer or at Homecoming in the fall.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Recipients of this award have provided leadership or attained recognition on a national or regional level within their profession or business. These awards are usually given to those in reunion years during Reunion Weekend in the summer or at Homecoming in the fall.

John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service

Named for Davidson's 15th president (1984-97), this award recognizes alumni who have provided extraordinary service to their community and demonstrated leadership in the spirit of John W. Kuykendall. These awards are usually given to those in reunion years during Reunion Weekend in the summer or at Homecoming in the fall. Nominations should be received a year in advance.

Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award

This award honors Davidson College faculty whose way of life uniquely inspires the full potential of each student. It is given annually at Spring Commencement. This award is administered through the Office of the President.

Young Alumni Service Award

Each year we recognize a young alumnus/a for his or her exceptional service to the college. These awards are usually given to those in reunion years during Reunion Weekend in the summer.