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.

Established in 1966, the Spiritus Christi is presented to an individual who has performed his or her responsibilities with unusual effectiveness and influence, and with the highest quality of service to the Church at large. Their character and integrity have been exemplified through actions that have directly and profoundly improved the quality of life for others.

2023 Spiritus Christi Honoree

Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray

Spiritus Christi

Celebrate this year’s honorees at Maroon & Gold
Saturday, October 14, 2023

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Spiritus Christi Awards

Nominations Open for the 2024 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 2024 must be received by December 1, 2023). Nominations may be submitted via email or mail to:

Distinguished Awards
Attn: Office of Alumni Relations
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305

Download the Nomination Form