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What is the Distinguished Alumnus Award?

Established in 1962, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. The award is jointly sponsored by The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M to recognize those former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought great honor and distinction to Texas A&M. Since its inception, 271 Aggies have been recognized for their significant contributions to their professions, Texas A&M University and their local communities.

What is the Distinguished Alumni Gala?

The Distinguished Alumni Gala is one of the most anticipated and prestigious events on the Texas A&M campus. In addition to honoring the 2017 Distinguished Alumni at this premier event, we will also celebrate all prior year honorees of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The event will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a formal three-course dinner and an Oscar-inspired awards presentation.

Where will the Distinguished Alumni Gala be held?

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on the floor of Reed Arena which is located on the Texas A&M University campus.

What time will the Distinguished Alumni Gala begin and end?

The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow. The program will conclude around 10:15 p.m.

What is the attire?

The attire for this prestigious event is black-tie. Most men will be dressed in a tuxedo with ladies wearing a formal evening dress. For planning purposes, guests will take either an elevator or stairs to the floor of Reed Arena.

Is the invitation list restricted to certain individuals or is it open to everyone?

While the Distinguished Alumni Gala is a ticketed event, all current students, former students, friends of Texas A&M University are welcome to purchase a ticket or a table to this premier event.

How are individual tickets and table packages sold?

Tickets and table packages may be purchased online at www.AggieNetwork.com/DistinguishedAlumniGala until August 21 or until the event has reached maximum capacity. 

What are the table packages?

EXCELLENCE – $25,000

  • Premier placement of table for ten (10).
  • Private tour of Balfour for up to ten (10) Aggies to see how the cherished Aggie Ring is made. Transportation to Austin not included.
  • Complimentary MSC Guest Suite for one (1) mutually agreed-upon weekend (Friday and/or Saturday) during the 2017 football season.
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) mutually agreed-upon conference game during the 2018 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from. Twelve (12) seats and two (2) reserved parking spaces available. 
  •  Two (2) reserved parking spaces for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2017 football season.
  • Four (4) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on September 30, 2017.
  • Ten (10) VIP Field Pass tickets to the A&M vs. South Carolina Midnight Yell on September 29, 2017.
  • Two (2) premier parking spots the night of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  •  Full-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  •  Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque. 

 INTEGRITY – $15,000

  • Premier table for ten (10).
  • Complimentary MSC Guest Suite for one (1) mutually agreed-upon weekend (Friday and/or Saturday) during the 2017 football season.
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) mutually agreed-upon non-conference weekend game (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) during the 2018 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from. Twelve (12) seats and two reserved (2) parking spaces available.
  • Two (2) reserved parking spaces for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2017 football season.
  • Four (4) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on September 30, 2017.
  • Six (6) VIP Pass tickets to the A&M vs. South Carolina Midnight Yell on September 29, 2017.
  • Two (2) premier parking spots available the night of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Full-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

LEADERSHIP – $10,000

  • Premier table for eight (8).
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) non-conference, weekday (Monday – Thursday) mutually agreed-upon game during the 2017 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from. Twelve (12) seats and two (2) reserved parking spaces available. 
  • One (1) reserved parking space for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2017 football season.
  • Two (2) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on September 30, 2017.
  • One (1) premier parking spot available the night of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Gala
  • Half-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

LOYALTY – $7,500

  • Prime table for eight (8).
  • Name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine.
  • Name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

RESPECT – $5,000

  • Reserved table for eight (8).
  • Name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine.
  • Name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Name recognition in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

SELFLESS SERVICE – $3,000

  • Reserved table for eight (8).
  • Name recognition in the printed Gala program.
  • "Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor" bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

Cancellation Policy

  • Transfer of table and ticket purchases are permitted.
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, August 21st or until maximum capacity is reached.
  • Before August 21st – 100% refund
  • August 22 – September 4th – 50% refund
  • After September 5th – We are unable to provide a refund as event numbers have already been confirmed

If I purchase a table, do I need to give The Association the names of my guests? If so, why?

Yes – We ask for the names and class years of all guests seated at your table to 1) ensure your guests are not on someone else’s guest list and already seated at another table, and 2) prepare table escort cards that will be handed to all guests when they arrive at the Gala so they know where to sit during the event. To ensure proper planning, it is imperative that we receive your guest names by August 21, 2017. 

I have a dietary restriction… can you accommodate my needs?

Yes – The caterer is able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please make note of your dietary restriction(s) on your registration form so we can inform the caterer. Given all guests will be seated at assigned tables, the caterer will know which table you are seated at.

I have a physical challenge… can you accommodate me?

Yes – The Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on the floor of Reed Arena. In addition to guests taking the stairs down to the floor, elevators are available. If you require additional assistance, please contact Hannah Johnston ’11 at Gala@AggieNetwork.com.

Where do I park?

Preferred parking locations are in Lots 102, 100a, and 100g.  All parking lots are accessible via Kimbrough Blvd., Tom Chandler or Olsen Blvd. Please use the North, East or Main Entrance facing Kyle Field. Additional parking is located in Lots 100b, 100c and 100f.

View Parking Information


The Association is pleased to partner with CARPOOL, a student-run safe ride program at Texas A&M University that provides free, safe, and fun non-judgmental rides to the Bryan/College Station community.  CARPOOL will be available to transport via golf cart any guests who may need special assistance from the parking lot to the entrance of Reed Arena.

How do I nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumnus Award?

Nominations for 2018 will be accepted from May 1, 2017 until October 6, 2017, If you need additional information, please contact Lisa Ashorn at The Association of Former Students at 979-845-7514 or LAshorn@AggieNetwork.com.

View the criteria and online nomination form.

How do I find photos from the Distinguished Alumnus Gala?

Photos taken at the Distinguished Alumni Gala will be available online at tx.ag/Gala two weeks after the event.


Who do I contact if I have any questions?

  • For questions regarding the Distinguished Alumni Gala including information on purchasing individual tickets, table packages, parking or directions to Reed Arena, please contact:
    Hannah Johnston ’11, Director of Events
    979-845-7514
    Gala@AggieNetwork.com
  • For questions regarding the 2016 Distinguished Alumni as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award nomination process, please contact:
    Lisa Ashorn, Marketing and Programs Assistant
    979-845-7514
    LAshorn@AggieNetwork.com
  • For media inquiries regarding the Distinguished Alumni Gala, please contact:
    Kathryn Greenwade ’88, Vice President
    979-845-7514
    KGreenwade88@AggieNetwork.com
Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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