Concordia University Chicago’s Distinguished Alumni Awards annually honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their fields of endeavor, their communities, their churches, and who exemplify the University’s core values of Christian Faith, The Individual, Excellence, Integrity, and Service.
Since 1984, Concordia University Chicago has recognized graduates whose service to the church and community has brought honor to their alma mater. This award honors individuals who have enhanced the prestige of the University by virtue of their character, integrity, and personal accomplishments. They have achieved remarkable professional achievement as evidenced by a sustained and significant wide-spread reputation and recognition among colleagues for accomplishments and service to their vocation.
2022 Distinguished Honorees
Uichi Kajiyama BA ’98
Connie Denninger MA ’13
Celebrate this year’s honorees at Maroon & Gold
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Nominations Open for the 2023 Distinguished Awards
- Distinguished Alumni - Undergraduate
- Distinguished Alumni - Graduate
- One Heart Award
- Gold Award (Graduate of the Last Decade)
- Spiritus Christi
CUC’s Alumni Association awards committee solicits award nominations throughout the year and reviews materials submitted for each candidate. The committee then determines those persons whose achievements most closely fit the criteria for the award and deemed most deserving of recognition. These individuals are then recommended to the Association’s Board of Directors. Subsequently the Foundation Board of Directors and University's Board of Regents confirm approval of recommended individuals for honoring.
Deliberations of the awards committee and the board are kept confidential. Nominees may fit criteria for more than one award. Individuals are encouraged to discern and deliberate which award best fits selection. Selected awardees are expected to make every effort possible to attend and accept their award in person at Maroon & Gold, held annually on the last Saturday of September.
To nominate an individual for any of CUC’s Distinguished Awards, please review selection information and submit a completed nomination form and letters of support (strongly encouraged) from others who know the nominee and his/her accomplishments. Nominees may fit criteria for more than one award. Individuals are encouraged to discern and deliberate which award best fits selection.
Submissions must be received no later than December 1 to be considered for the next award cycle. (For example, submissions for 2023 must be received by December 1, 2022). Nominations may be submitted via email Alumni@CUChicago.edu or mail to:
Attn: Office of Alumni Relations
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305