By decision of the Board of Trustees, an award is made annually at the ACT graduation ceremony to an individual who is judged to have made an outstanding contribution to one or more significant areas of public endeavor, such as education, health, the arts, science, international understanding, athletics, etc. Criteria for selection will emphasize philanthropy, volunteerism and social improvement. Preference will be for individuals in Northern Greece, although consideration may be given to those from other parts of Greece or from abroad. A citation will be at Commencement reflecting the individual's accomplishments and an appropriate plaque presented at that time to the person so honored.
This award is created in the belief that such contributions to society are too infrequently recognized; that a non-profit institution such as Anatolia/ACT should support and encourage endeavors of this nature; and that the philosophy and ethical foundations of this institution provide a suitable context for conferring such an award.
This award was first introduced at the 1995 graduation ceremony.
1995 Dimitrios Zannas
1996 Anastasia Vafopoulou
1997 Costas Zolotas
1998 Stavros Constantinidis
1999 Dimitris Pyrros
2000 Costas Giannopoulos
2001 Zafiris Trombakas
2002 Nikos Voulgaropoulos
2003 Timi Bakatselou
2004 Very Reverend Father Christodoulos, Abbot of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mount Athos
2005 Lila Bakatselou
2006 Princess Catherine of Serbia
2007 Nikos Papageorgiou
2008 Artemis Zanna
2009 Voluntary Samaritans and Rescue Lifeguards, Thessaloniki Section
2010 Aspa Plakantonaki
By decision of the Trustees of Anatolia, in the year 2000, Honorary Degrees are conferred on individuals who have significantly contributed to friendship between the Greek and American people and who have demonstrated life-long commitment to the ideals of liberal arts education, the disciplines of Hellenic Studies, and to public service.
2001 Amb. Alexander Philon and Amb. Nicholas Burns
2002 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
2003 Christos Cotsakos
2004 Alex Spanos
2007 Angelos Tsakopoulos
2008 Christos Zerefos
2009 Richard L. Jackson/Joseph E. Aoun/Tomas D. Morales
2010 Alexis Papachelas