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History of the Sanctae Crucis Award

The highest non-degree accolade that the College bestows on alumni, the Sanctae Crucis Awards, have been presented annually since 1998 to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in the service of justice.

The awards are named for the Cross, Christ’s Holy Cross, the most powerful and enduring symbol in the collective consciousness of humankind.  In so naming them, the College proclaims the esteem in which it holds the awards and those it selects to receive them.

The Sanctae Crucis Awards recognize alumni whose outstanding professional accomplishments and/or extraordinary community service demonstrate that they embraced the full measure of the Holy Cross mission. Santae Crucis award recipients have accepted the legacy of sacrifice and salvation, hope and love, and joy and humility that Jesus bequeathed to the world through his Holy Cross.

The Sanctae Crucis Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, for example, is given to those who, as leaders in business, professional or civic life, live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards and whose private business or professional affairs are imbued with hard work and integrity. The Award for Outstanding Community Service honors those who seek to exemplify the long-standing Jesuit dedication to intellectual life, service of faith and promotion of justice.

At Holy Cross, where the mission is integrated into daily campus life and helps shape students’ intellectual, civic, and professional pursuits, those who receive the Sanctae Crucis Award bring honor to their families, their communities and the College of the Holy Cross through their daily lives and show the wider world the very best of what Holy Cross has to offer. 

The College bestows these awards to deserving alumni as recognition of the talent, energy and will their accomplishments required.  It does so because Holy Cross is about the pursuit of truth, the service to faith, the promotion of social justice, the search for excellence, the development of self and the understanding of others and it is right to celebrate the successes the College has had in the pursuit of these ideals.  By the College acknowledging the very best, it acknowledges the worthiness of the rest, and therefore, by giving special recognition to a few it honors all its graduates.

Sanctae Crucis recipients are chosen from nominations made by alumni and friends of the College. Please click the link below to make a nomination. Nominations need to make a compelling case for a nominee to be selected.

A Sanctae Crucis nominations and selections committee reviews the nominations and makes the selection. The committee is comprised of the Senior Vice President Emeritus, Vice President for Business Affairs, Director of the Office of College Chaplains, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Mission, President of the Holy Cross Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Trustees.