Each year, Holy Cross honors alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in the service of justice with the Sanctae Crucis Award. The requirements for receiving the Award — the highest non-degree accolade that the College bestows on its alumni — are based in the Holy Cross mission statement.
“The primary goal of the Sanctae Crucis Awards is to honor outstanding alumni and in so doing recognize and celebrate the distinctive mission of Holy Cross,” says Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president, who established the award in 1998.
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. The third Sanctae Crucis category, the Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award, is for those under age 40 who have demonstrated a promising degree of accomplishment, an openness to new ideas, patience with uncertainty and a passion for truth with respect for the views of others.
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 the College and show the wider world the very best of what Holy Cross has to offer. Read more about the Sanctae Crucis Award’s history.