The Wheeler Alumni Association honors alumni who, through their work and service, exemplify Wheeler’s mission to “learn our powers and be answerable for their use.” We celebrate three distinctive categories, whose honorees are selected by committees of alumni volunteers and faculty and staff representatives. The Wheeler Alumni Awards program is overseen by the Wheeler Alumni Board and the Institutional Advancement Office. Community nominations for the next Alumni Awards Celebration 2025 are open until April 1, 2025. Preference is given to candidates celebrating a reunion on October 18, 2025 (classes ending in 0, 1, 5, or 6).
Learn more about the awards categories and make a nomination below.
2023 Alumni Awards
The 2023 honorees were recognized on October 14, 2023 at the Wheeler Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
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The Founders Award is the Highest Honor Given by the Alumni Association to recognize the Achievement and Service contributions of Wheeler Alumni. All alumni are eligible for the award.
Learn more about the 2023 Founder's Award recipients Dacia Read '04 (Service) and Vanessa Crum '74 (Achievement).
Founders Award for Achievement Criteria:
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The Wheeler Athletics Hall of Fame (HOF), founded in 2020, is intended to honor and give lasting recognition to those individuals who, either through participation, support, or interest, have made exceptional contributions in the athletics arena, and specifically to the Wheeler School athletics program. The individuals and teams recognized within have not only brought recognition, honor, distinction, and excellence to Wheeler and its athletics program, they have also continued to demonstrate in their lives the spirit of Wheeler and interscholastic sports. Inductions to the Hall of Fame will occur every other year.
It is also the purpose of the Wheeler Athletics Hall of Fame to promote greater interest in the Wheeler athletics program among not only alumni, but students, parents, and friends, by honoring the legacy of those enshrined.
Learn more about the 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees: Nicole Ayotte Giardino ’93, Lissa Eagles ’98, Bevin Ingram ’88 and the 1998 Girls Basketball team and coaches.
The Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts, founded in 2023, is intended to honor and give lasting recognition to those individuals who, either through participation, support, or interest, have made exceptional contributions to the arts including performing (music, drama, dance) and visual arts. The individuals recognized have not only brought honor, distinction and excellence to Wheeler and its programs, they have also continued to demonstrate in their lives the spirit of our innovative founder and her legacy in the arts.
It is also the purpose of the Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts to promote greater interest in the Wheeler arts programs among not only alumni, but also among students, parents, and friends, by honoring the legacy of those enshrined.
Learn more about the inaugural 2023 Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts recipients: Bobbie Berking-Dalzell ’73, Nancy Bowen ’74, Nico Muhly ’99, and Gloria Vanderbilt ’42 (posthumously).