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 2019 Bicentennial Medalists!

This year’s recipients are:

  • Dr. Kiat W. Tan ’65
    A globally recognized horticulturalist credited with transforming Singapore’s landscape, restoring the city’s Botanic Gardens and creating the horticultural attraction Gardens by the Bay. Tan has been honored with a number of awards, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Gold Medal for advancing the science and practice of horticulture.
  • Dr. Martin A. Samuels ’67
    Regarded as a master clinician, educator and diagnostician, Samuels is an internationally known neurologist, the founding chair emeritus of the department of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a distinguished professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, where he won the first Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97
    As director of the Inclusive Clean Economy program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Deane-Ryan is working on one of the most challenging problems of our time—developing solutions to the climate crisis that also address inequality—thereby advancing the foundation’s mission to “create a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society.”
  • Carina Vance Mafla ’99
    As the Ecuadorian health minister, Vance led health system reform, facilitating the opening of 52 health centers and 10 hospitals. As executive director for the South American Institute of Government in Health, she strove to elevate the role of governments in South America to improve universal access to health for its citizens.