The Alumni Citation is the highest honor bestowed upon a Denisonian. The criteria for selection include professional accomplishment, service to one’s local community and beyond, and service to Denison. Since its inception in 1949, 508 distinguished alumni have been honored.
Nominations for the Citation may be submitted at any time, and awards traditionally are presented in one’s Reunion year. Honorees must be present at Reunion Weekend to accept the Citation. For full consideration, nomination information should be submitted by August 1 prior to the nominee’s Class Reunion the following spring. A subcommittee of the Alumni Council reviews the nominations annually and recommends candidates to the Board of Trustees. The Board approves selections during its October meetings.
Citations also have been awarded to five non-alumni. In 1961, a Citation was awarded to A. Blair Knapp, the 14th president of Denison University, in recognition of the achievements of the first 10 years of his administration. Upon their retirement in 1984, Citations were awarded to President Robert C. Good and Mrs. Nancy Good in recognition of their distinguished service to Denison. Upon their retirement in 2013, Citations were awarded to Dr. Dale T. Knobel and Mrs. Tina J. Knobel in recognition of their distinguished service to Denison, Granville, Licking County, and the State of Ohio.
Current members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, or the Denison faculty are not eligible for consideration.
2020 and 2021 Alumni Citations
Due to restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional in-person Reunions for 2020 and 2021 Reunion classes were modified. A Virtual Reunion for these years occurred June 4-5, 2021. Alumni Citation recipients for 2020 and 2021 were recognized during the Virtual Reunion. The 2020 and 2021 Alumni Citation honorees will receive their awards on campus during their respective, rescheduled class Reunions. All 2020 and 2021 Alumni Citations are listed below. The video above was played during the Virtual Reunion to honor the Citation recipients.