Alumni Awards


Each year, Williams honors members of the college for outstanding accomplishment and service. Bicentennial Medals, honoring distinguished achievement, are awarded in September’s Convocation exercises. Copeland, Ephraim Williams, Kellogg, Rogerson, and Thurston awards are bestowed at the annual meeting of the Society of Alumni, and Joseph’s Coat is awarded at a special Reunion Weekend luncheon. Extraordinary recognition for extraordinary people. Learn more about them all on this site.

And congratulations to our 2014 Bicentennial Medalists!

This year’s recipients are:

David Spadafora ’72: President and librarian of the Newberry Library Spadafora is former president of Lake Forest College and a noted scholar of European intellectual history.

Steven Rothstein ’78: Former president of Perkins School for the Blind who dramatically expanded services to blind and deafblind students in U.S. and internationally, Rothstein is now CEO of Citizen Schools.

Kenard Gibbs ’86: A leader in African-American media, Gibbs is CEO of Soul Train Holdings, co-founder of MadVision Entertainment, former president of Vibe, and former group publisher of Ebony and Jet.

Ethan Zuckerman ’93: Internet scholar and advocate for free expression online, Zuckerman directs the Center for Civic Media at MIT and is a research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94: A major American songwriter, Anderson-Lopez co-wrote the songs and story for the Disney film Frozen, for which she won an Oscar for the song “Let It Go.”

Mary Cotton ’01: Cotton is the owner of Newtonville Books outside Boston, fiction editor of Post Road, and the pseudonymous author of 11 novels for young adults.