Distinguished Alum Awards

Honoring Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary graduates who exemplify outstanding service in ministry


Annually, 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.

Nominate an Alum

Though nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Alum Award have closed, check back soon for the 2023 Distinguished Alum nomination form!

Meet the 2020 Distinguished Alums

We were honored to present the 2020 Distinguished Alum awards to Rev. Sue Laurie (G-ETS 1995) and Bishop Bruce Ough (G-ETS 1978) for their remarkable ministries, both within and on the margins of The United Methodist Church.

Sue Laurie and Bruce Ough

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