Distinguished Graduate Award Banquet

Distinguished Graduate Award Banquet 2021

Nine Distinguished Graduate Award honorees from 2019 and 2020 were recognized at the celebration and banquet at Arnold Hall on August 6, 2021. Watch a replay of the event at ZoomieBrief.org.

The 2019 honorees included Col. (Ret.) Les Denend, Class of 1963; Mr. Fletcher "Flash" Wiley, Class of 1965; Gen. (Ret.) Norton "Norty" Schwartz, Class of 1973; Gen. (Ret.) Ed Rice Jr., Class of 1978; and Mr. John "Jack" Kucera, Class of 1978. The 2020 honorees include Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay Kelley, Class of 1964; Mr. Hugh Williamson, Class of 1964; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Sega, Class of 1974; and Col. (Ret.) Gail Benjamin Colvin, Class of 1980. View photos shared online from the event.

Watch the full-length featured video for each honoree below, and also learn more about how you can nominate a grad for the Distinguished Graduate Award.


Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay Kelly '64

Hugh Williamson III '64

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Sega '74

Col. (Ret.) Gail Benjamin Colvin '80


Col. (Ret.) Leslie Denend '63

Fletcher "Flash" Wiley '65

Gen. (Ret.) Norton “Norty” Schwartz ‘73

Gen. (Ret.) Edward Rice Jr. '78

John "Jack" Kucera '78


Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented annually. Nomination packages are due to the AOG no later than 1 October each year. Learn more and nominate a deserving grad today!