Every Homecoming, Graceland honors distinguished alumni and friends at its annual alumni awards banquet. It recognizes three awards: the Graceland Award of Recognition, the Honorary Alumni Award, and the Distinguished Service Award.
Graceland Award of Recognition
This award is made by Graceland University in recognition of those who have demonstrated special contributions of time, talents, resources and personal sacrifices to benefit Graceland University. The recipients must be living but need not be Graceland alumni. The Board of Trustees asked the Alumni Association to establish this award as an additional way to honor the people who support Graceland and university programs in an exceptional way.
Honorary Alumni Award
To recognize, include and honor individuals, living or deceased, who have not been enrolled as students at Graceland but whose affiliation would be beneficial to Graceland and who have related to the goals and purposes of the University and to other alumni as though they had been a member of the student body.
- Recipients shall have exhibited a strong wish to attend Graceland but were prevented from doing so by unusual events beyond their own control; or
- Recipients shall have exhibited loyalty, dedication and devotion by exceptionally long and distinguished employment with Graceland; or
- Recipients shall have developed an attachment to Graceland and exhibited affection, camaraderie and unity with the Graceland community; or
- Recipients shall have given exceptionally long and dedicated support of Graceland through active involvement and promotion of one or more specific projects or programs.
Distinguished Service Award
This award is given by Graceland University to recognize achievement in a chosen field; service to community, state and nation; good citizenship; humanitarian service; and contribution to society. The recipient must be a living alumni of Graceland, and it must be 10 years since he or she was enrolled at Graceland.