The California State University Maritime Academy has continually grown since its inception and has produced over seven thousand alumni to date. Whereas the Academy will remain relatively small when compared with other institutions in the country, the impacts from our alumni are far-reaching and unique.  We find in conversation that it is often difficult to fully describe all of the contributions and positive impacts that our alumni have on society, the maritime industry, and our university. We are proud that a large number of alumni deserve recognition for their accomplishments.

In 2003, the Academy and Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recognizing that this award tended to focus on lifetime achievements, but that there were also many younger alumni who had made impacts early in their careers, the Association created the Rising Star Award in 2010. Even these two awards were not sufficient to celebrate the successes of our alumni. In 2015, we expanded the award program further, to include the new Lighthouse Service Award, to recognize support and service to Cal Maritime, redirected the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor career achievements and created the new Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge prominent lifetime accomplishments in society, industry or in support of the Academy.

Following are descriptions of these four awards, intended to assist the Alumni Association and the Cal Maritime campus to identify and recognize the contributions and successes of our graduates.  The Alumni Association believes that you will find the categories appropriate and that they will awaken memories of your classmates and friends who are leaders and are deserving of recognition.

All alumni awards can be awarded posthumously.

 

Lighthouse Service Award

The Lighthouse Service Award was created in 2015. Just as a lighthouse adds power, provides vision and clarity, is vital in the direction of navigation functions from the shore and protects a vessel at sea, this award is to recognize significant and notable service to, or on behalf of, Cal Maritime.

Award Criteria:

  • Provided extraordinary and vital support to Cal Maritime
  • Documented alignment with the spirit and intent of the award
  • This award can be awarded to any alumni or non alumni

 

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award was created in 2010. The Rising Star Award recognizes graduates who have demonstrated energy, creativity and leadership skills within their own career or in support of Cal Maritime. The Rising Star displays characteristics that confirm it does not necessarily take a lifetime to make an impact.

Award Criteria:

  • Graduated within 15 years from the undergraduate program or Graduated within 5 years from the graduate studies program.
  • Demonstrated consistent professional development and advancement in their field
  • A sustained record of success in personal or professional activities
  • Demonstrated support of Cal Maritime, such as active participation in the mentor program, career and college fairs, workshops, or conferences; business liaison for program or scholarship support
  • Documented alignment with the spirit and intent of the award

 

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2015 and honors alumni who have made noteworthy contributions to the maritime industry, their chosen profession, and/or to Cal Maritime during their careers. Much like the Rising Star Award, these contributions may be recognized at any time during a career and do not necessarily need to represent an entire life’s work.

Award Criteria:

  • Any graduate of Cal Maritime
  • A noteworthy record of service to the maritime industry or their chosen profession
  • Accomplishments that lend honor or prestige to themselves, their organization, and/or the Cal Maritime
  • A sustained record of success in personal or professional activities
  • Documented alignment with the spirit and intent of the award

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2003 and honors alumni who have made significant contributions to the maritime industry, their chosen profession, and to Cal Maritime over the course of their full careers. While each of the alumni awards are meaningful, this award represents a capstone achievement.

Award Criteria:

  • Any graduate of Cal Maritime
  • A prominent record of service to society or humanity
  • A sustained record of success in personal or professional activities
  • Sustained support of Cal Maritime activities
  • Documented alignment with the spirit and intent of the award