Since Dr. Stuart Holmes ’40 was named Seattle Pacific’s first Alumnus of the Year in 1959, the Seattle Pacific University Alumni Association has presented alumni awards to outstanding individuals. The recipients are honored and presented with their award during Homecoming and Commencement weekend, and at other venues.
The Alumni Board urges you to nominate individuals you believe deserve special recognition in the categories below. Final selection is made by the Alumni Board after careful deliberation. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations you can submit.
Alumnus/a of the Year
The Alumnus/a of the Year personifies the goals that SPU has for its alumni. The selection committee looks for a balance among the areas of vocational accomplishment, community service, Christian commitment, and support for SPU. The engagement of the whole person is the quality possessed by every Alumnus/a of the Year honoree. Each recipient, in addition to having broad impact and influence, represents the ideals of the University.
GOLD Alumnus/a of the Year
The GOLD Alum of the Year is someone who personifies the mission and values of the University, and who has graduated within the past 10 years. The recipient demonstrates leadership and responsibility, seeks to engage the culture and change the world, contributes to the welfare of the community, pursues a mature and active Christian faith (values/morals), and provides loyal support to SPU and its mission.
The Medallion Award is given to individuals who have provided outstanding service to the University, the community, and a chosen vocation. The recipient of this award will be an SPU alumnus or alumna whose contributions have made a significant impact in a particular field of service.
2016 Medallion Award Winner: Thom Kroon '72
2016 Medallion Award Winners: Phil and Trude Marston
Distinguished Achievement Award
Like the Alumnus/a of the Year Award recipient, the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award personifies the goals that the University has for each of its graduates. Unlike the other awards, these honorees may include an SPU officer, a member of the Board of Trustees, a non-alumnus/a, or others who have volunteered service to SPU. The selection committee looks for a balance among the areas of vocational competence, community service, Christian commitment, and support for the University. The engagement of the whole person is the quality possessed by every Distinguished Achievement Award honoree.
Roy Swanstrom Distinguished Centurion Award
The Roy Swanstrom Distinguished Centurion Award honors a Seattle Pacific University Centurion alumnus who personifies the qualities, principles, and values that the Centurions stand for, in both his personal and his professional lives beyond the SPU community. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated rigorous servant leadership, devout Christian character, and the qualities of a true gentleman.