Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year Saint Mary's College of California's Alumni Association honors deserving Gaels and friends by bestowing eight different awards for outstanding service to the SMC community.


Alumnus/Alumna of the Year

Awarded to the alumnus/a who has made a significant contribution to his/her professional field and/or has demonstrated consistent service to the College, exemplifying the spirit and dedication of the Saint Mary's College graduate.  View past recipients >

Golden Gael Award

Awarded to a member of the Saint Mary’s community who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the College through loyalty, connection, and philanthropy. Recognizes dedication to promote and advance the mission, support the efforts of advancement and access to education, and embody the spirit of our founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle. 

Signum Fidei Award

Awarded to the alumnus/a for outstanding participation in the goals of higher education, in the spirit of the founder of the Christian Brothers, patron of all teachers, Saint John Baptist De La Salle. View past recipients >

Saint John Baptist De La Salle Award

Presented to a member of the faculty or staff who has, over a period of years, demonstrated a personal commitment to the students of Saint Mary's College above and beyond their employee responsibilities. This personal commitment is evidenced by a demonstrated commitment to one or more of the five Lasallian Core Principles: faith in the presence of God, quality education, respect for all persons, inclusive community, and concern for the poor and social justice.  View past recipients >

Honorary Alumnus/Alumna

Awarded in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Saint Mary's College.  View past recipients >

Meritorious Service Award 

Presented to an alumnus/a who has exemplified the mission of the College by commitment to service in his or her own community or the College.  View past recipients >

Emerging Leader Award

Awarded to a GOLD (Gael of the Last Decade), in recognition of leadership and ongoing and noteworthy support of the current students and recent alumni of Saint Mary's College and/or his or her local community. Formerly known as GOLD Award. View past recipients >

Global Gael Award

Presented to a Saint Mary's College alumnus/a who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the international community–either through their professional work and/or service abroad–in the spirit of our Catholic and Lasallian traditions.

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