About the Citations

The Divinity School Alumni Council solicits nominations for Alumni Citations, a newly created mechanism to broadly recognize alumni of the Divinity School community.

The new citations will allow the Divinity School to honor more alumni for their accomplishments and service. While the Alum of the Year award serves to honor graduates’  contributions to their field, both presently and over the course of their career, the Alumni Citations will be more responsive to timely events in a person’s life, such as the publication of a new work or special service in areas such as volunteering, teaching, or mentoring.

The Alumni Council will review the materials submitted on each candidate and select those who are deemed most deserving of recognition. The Alumni Council may invite consulting members to assist in its deliberations. All deliberations are kept confidential.

Nomination Process

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. CDT Monday, April 6, 2020.​

To nominate a graduate for an Alumni Citation:

Nominations should include a letter addressed to the Alumni Council sent as an e-mail attachment to Madison McClendon at mmcclendon@uchicago.edu  Please note that an e-mail message is not sufficient. A formal letter of nomination, sent as an email attachment, is required. The letter should including the following:he letter should including the following:

  • Rationale for awarding the honor to this particular person, with an emphasis on this person’s recent achievement
  • Relevant documentation, if available. For example, a citation of an article or book chapter, or an announcement/article detailing the graduate’s accomplishment
  • Description of the specific ways in which this person embodies the values of the Divinity School



Please do not inform candidates that they are under consideration since only a limited number of recipients will be chosen each year from among many worthy individuals.


To be eligible for nomination, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have matriculated at the Divinity School and earned credit toward one of its degrees.
  • Cannot currently be an employee of the University.
  • No posthumous nominations.

Nomination and Supporting Letters

The quality of the information in a nominating letter is more important than the relative prominence of the nominator. Possible contacts include professional colleagues, former students, friends, or fellow volunteers. Letters that comment knowledgeably on the impact of the individual's specific achievements are the most important and helpful.

The Divinity School Alumni Council reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been specifically nominated.