Distinguished Graduate Panel
Each year, nominations are collected for those Academy graduates who have, through their achievements, set themselves apart in their service to the country. The Annual Distinguished Graduate Panel is sponsored by the Class of 1974 and coordinated by the Institute for Leadership. Members of the Panel are nominated by their peers and selected by senior Academy staff. Final selectees representing the last four decades are invited to return to the Academy where they meet with the Corps of Cadets to present their thoughts on the cadet experience and highlight their careers. Following a short presentation by each panelist, the floor is then open for a question and answer session where cadets learn with great candor from the panelists regarding their cadet experiences, leadership experiences in the field and leadership beyond the Coast Guard.