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Distinguished Graduate Program

This initiative spotlights each SAC program during our annual graduation ceremony by honoring one outstanding student from those programs, called the “Distinguished Graduate.” Students receive special recognition at the ceremony by wearing a purple cord signifying their Distinguished Graduate status. Their diplomas are also marked to show that they have achieved this honor.  

Students are required to apply through a process as outlined below and selected students must complete service projects for the department and college designed to promote graduation.

 Criteria for selecting the Distinguished Graduate (departments may add to these criteria):

     1) Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

     2) Student must walk the graduation ceremony in May.

     3) Student must be prepared to participate in events to promote graduation. If the student is no longer on campus or in San Antonio, approved alternate activities can be completed upon selection.

     4) If the student is currently on a disciplinary probation or involved in a current investigation they will not be considered. 


Department’s choice must be: 

     1) A student meeting the criteria above with a major in the respective department/unit.

     2) If a department has more than one degree or certificate program, they may have that many Distinguished Graduates.


 Application Process

 A student who meets the criteria must submit an application that includes:  

     1) An essay that is 1000-1500 words explaining how his/her experience at San Antonio College and within their major influenced/inspired the student's path to graduation.

     2) A signed statement indicating that he/she is willing to participate in service projects that promote graduation and an understanding that failure to do so may result in the rescindment of his/her award (page 3 of the paper application).

     3) A personal/academic biography that is 150-200 words. Please keep in mind when writing the biography that the biographies of the selected Distinguished Graduates will be published online. For examples, please see the links on the left hand side of this webpage.

     4) An inspirational quote including the name of the original author.

Faculty members or Chairs direct students towards applying, or students approach faculty and/or Chairs about becoming a candidate. Students must meet graduation requirements for fall 2016, spring 2017 or summer 2017 and must plan to work on service projects from late-February through mid-April of this academic year.  

Applications will be available online and in paper format beginning November 1, 2017. Applications can found in the Dean of Student Success Office, Nursing and Allied Health Building room 101 or in the academic departments beginning on that date.

Students must submit applications by February 1, 2018 to their academic department. Late submissions must contact the department to determine whether paper applications will still be accepted after that date.

A list of programs students can apply for and where to turn in the application is listed here (link to contact and program sheet)

Each department selects the winning candidate by February 13, 2018. Late submissions may not be considered. All students will be notified of their selection or denial to the DG program by email if their application was submitted by the deadline to the department.

There will be an orientation for the Distinguished Graduates selected on February 28, 2018

For more information about the Distinguished Graduate Program, students can contact their academic department contact person or Lauren Sjulin at or 210-486-0904.

  Privileges of Honor

 As a Distinguished Graduate, students will:

     1) Receive a Graduation Cord;

     2) Have their names added to the Distinguished Graduate Department Plaque;

     3) Receive a formal certificate; 

     4) Receive a T-shirt; 

     5) Have their picture, biography, and inspirational quote featured on the SAC website;

     6) Have their picture featured in The Ranger; and 

     7) Have a Distinguished Graduate ceremony in their honor to be held May 11, 2018 


For a complete list of where to turn in your Distinguished Graduate Application and the contact person click here.

For more information about the Distinguished Graduate Program, students can contact their academic department or The Office of Outreach and Recruitment via email to Lauren Sjulin at