President's Medal


President's Medal: Front

Hood College’s core values have been a part of our community for nearly 100 years. In September 1918, the Classes of 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 dedicated the four pillars of Alumnae Hall to represent each core value:

  • Hope: To believe that everyone can have a positive impact in the world and that education is instrumental in creating and sustaining hope.
  • Opportunity: To fully use one’s talents and skills to realize professional and personal achievement and to help create and realize opportunities for others.
  • Obligation: To fulfill personal and professional responsibilities with integrity and to be a responsible steward and servant to the betterment of others and this world. 
  • Democracy: To embrace diversity, foster freedom of thought and expression, and to promote engaged citizenship both in self and others.


As a community of faculty, students, staff, trustees and alumni, we share a commitment to living these values.

The Hood College President’s Medal is a prestigious honor awarded to an individual or organization who exemplifies one of the College’s core values.

Established in 2017 by Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., to coincide with the College’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2017-18, the President’s Medal features the College’s seal on the front and one of the College’s ionic pillars from Alumnae Hall on the back. The honored value is engraved atop the pillar, along with the recipient’s name. The medal hangs on a ribbon of blue and grey.