Who do our graduates become?

A professor of Japanese literature in Ann Arbor, a photographer in San Francisco, a banker in Bangkok, a deputy press attache at the U.S. Department of State, a Ph.D. in genetics right here in St. Louis—anything you can imagine. And the liberal-arts foundation they received at TJ has served them well beyond college and graduate school.  

TJ now has a means to recognize the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of our alumni.  The Alumni of Distinction Award will honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through their careers, their service to their communities, and their commitment to TJ.

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Alumni of Distinction Award

The true measure of a school’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. Thomas Jefferson School (TJ) established the Alumni of Distinction Award to bestow this honor upon alumni who have distinguished themselves through their careers, their service to their communities, and their commitment to TJ.
The Alumni of Distinction honor recognizes just one of hundreds of alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of ἀρετή at Thomas Jefferson School. This honor illustrates the profound connection between one's academic experience at TJ and one's pursuit of excellence over the course of a lifetime.

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  • Award Process

    The selection of the recipient is made by the Advancement Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees. The award recipient and nominators will be notified upon selection, and the recipient will be recognized at graduation.

    The record of all nominees shall be maintained in a carry-over file and considered for a previous year.

    To nominate an alumna/alumnus email Director of Development and Constituent Relations, Steve Backer, at
  • Criteria

    • The award is presented to a TJ alumnus or alumna who demonstrates either in their career, service to community, or commitment to TJ the spirit of ἀρετή, the search for human excellence.
    • Nominees must have graduated from Thomas Jefferson School.
    • Current trustees and faculty/staff may not be considered for the award.
    • The finalist must agree to attend graduation—and must be present during the ceremony—to receive their award.
    • Nominations may be made by anyone except the nominee.
    • Submit nominations using the online form on the right or by downloading the Alumni of Distinction Award Nomination Form.

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