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GEN (R) Curtis M. Scaparrotti (Scap) Receives 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award

Please join us in congratulating WPAOG’s 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award recipients. The Award is given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that West Point strives for, in keeping with its motto “Duty, Honor, Country.” The DGA award ceremony will take place on May 19 at West Point.

  • Mr. Richard A. Nowak ’64
  • Mr. William H. Roedy Jr. ’70
  • LTC (R) Andrew F. Krepinevich ’72
  • LTG (R) Kenneth W. Hunzeker ’75
  • GEN (R) Curtis M. Scaparrotti ’78


DGA Criteria

The Award is to be given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that West Point strives for, in keeping with its motto - "Duty, Honor, Country." With the purpose of identifying to the public and the Corps of Cadets the broad national significance of West Point as one of America's cherished institutions, candidates for the Distinguished Graduate Award will be graduates of the United States Military Academy who have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting West Point throughout their lifetime.

The Award will not be given to individuals who occupy, or are candidates for elective office, or who are still on active duty. The individuals selected for the Distinguished Graduate Award must be alive and agree to accept the Award at West Point whenever possible. If an awardee should die between the time of selection and presentation, a designee appointed by the next of kin may accept on behalf of the deceased.

International graduates should be judged using the same criteria, but in the context of service to their own nation or the international community. They should have served and contributed at home in a manner that has enhanced the reputation of West Point and has encouraged partnerships between the United States and their country. To ensure equitable and appropriate consideration, international nominees will not displace US graduates who would otherwise be selected, but rather be additive to the total selected.

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