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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 2018 Bicentennial Medalists!

This year’s recipients are:

  • John Walcott ’71 
    With more than 40 years in journalism, Walcott is recognized for his “dogged” pursuit of truth at Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, McClatchy, and Knight-Ridder, where he led reporters’ coverage questioning claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
  • Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner ’85
    Having created some the entertainment industry’s most successful global marketing campaigns for some of the biggest artists in music, Joyner, chairman of PARA Music Group, has a mission to “bring cultures all over the world together by means of music and technology.”
  • Mike Wynn ’93
    As chief of police for the Pittsfield Police Department, Wynn is deeply embedded in the community, serving on the local boards, working with local youth and taking part in Williams Winter Study course that exposes adjudicated teens to college life by pairing them with Williams students.
  • Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02
    As CEO of Turquoise Mountain, Stewart has created a new model of NGO that entrepreneurial and humanitarian by regenerating Afghanistan’s traditional arts and historic areas and creating jobs and a renewed sense of identity.