To honor alumni and friends of the College who have notably advanced and aided the College; for alumni who have demonstrated exceptional career achievement and brought honor to the College; and to recognize service and engagement of individuals who, while not having graduated from or attended the College, have earned the right to be considered bona fide Gusties, the Gustavus Alumni Association has established the follow awards.
Distinguished Alumni Citation
The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional career achievement of graduates of the College. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. Humanitarian achievements may also be weighed.
First Decade Award
First presented in 1968, the First Decade Award was established to recognize one male and one female for early professional achievement by graduates of the 10th anniversary class. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.
Greater Gustavus Award
The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given by the Gustavus Alumni Association. It is awarded to those "who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College."
The Service Award
The Service Award of the Gustavus Adolphus College Associations of Congregations recognizes alumni and former students of Gustavus Adolphus College "who have made distinctive commitments and contributions to the service of others."The College and the Associations celebrate the efforts of members of the College community who participate in service activities through volunteer work, involvement in the church, and extraordinary professional accomplishments. Alumni and former students serve others through their concern for human dignity, moral values, social justice, the care of the earth, the alleviating of poverty, and a range of other social issues.
The Honorary Gustie recognition pays special tribute to individuals, who even though never having attended or graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, have in demonstrable and/or unique ways proved more than worthy to have earned the conferred right to be considered a bona fide "Gustie" by a vote of the Alumni Board of Directors. Criteria includes persons who have demonstrated longtime dedicated service to, interest in, and support for the mission of the College and have enthusiastically embraced and engaged in the Gustavus community.