Distinguished Alum Awards

Honoring Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary graduates who exemplify outstanding service


Each year, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary presents a Distinguished Alum Award to two persons who have rendered extraordinary service in their ministries. One award is given to an alum who graduated 25 years ago or less and another is presented to one who graduated more than 25 years ago.


Nominations for the Distinguished Alum Award are taken each year and graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary or its parent bodies Garrett Biblical Institute, Garrett Theological Seminary, Evangelical Theological Seminary, or the Chicago Training School, are eligible to be nominated.

Nominations can be made HERE. To be considered for recognition in 2023, nominations must be received by April 30, 2023. The 2023 Distinguished Alum Awards will be presented at Homecoming in October.

Meet the 2022 Distinguished Alums

We were honored to present the 2022 Distinguished Alum awards to Reverend TiShaunda McPherson (G-ETS 2015) and Reverend Dr. Roger Ireson (GTS 1966) for their remarkable ministries at last year’s Commencement.

Past Distinguished Alums

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 commencement ceremony, the 2020 Distinguished Alums were recognized at the 2021 Commencement.


Rev. Sue Laurie
Bishop Bruce Ough