Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Established in 1987, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award is presented to a young graduate (usually not more than 15 years out) for exceptional volunteer service to Bates and distinction in his or her career.


On June 11, 2016, President A. Clayton Spencer presented the award to Bradley McGraw ’10

Since graduating magna cum laude with a degree in economics, Bradley has never failed to make time for Bates or to encourage other New York City-based young alumni to volunteer for the college. His own lengthy record of service includes ongoing work as a BCDC Career Advisor to help current students and other young alumni find their paths. He has also been a highly engaged member of the New York City Signature Event Host Committee, his Reunion Committee, and his Reunion Gift Committee, which led successful fundraising efforts for his 5th Reunion just last year.

With keen analytical and strategic management skills honed at Bates and at Columbia Business School — where he recently completed his MBA — Bradley moved from theory to practice in his invaluable service to the Bates Fund Executive Committee. As a result, the college has been able to implement new and successful ways to encourage alumni participation in the Bates Fund.

We wish you well in your new position at LinkedIN, Bradley. With your passion for staying connected with Bates alumni, we cannot imagine a better place for you to work!

Bradley, your devotion to the college and your innovative guidance have enhanced our efforts to engage young Bates alumni. For giving so generously of your time, your many talents, and your expertise to Bates, it is my great honor to present to you with the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.



On June 13, 2015, Michael Lieber ’92, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award to Emma Sprague ’10.

One of the most remarkable things about Emma is the passion she devotes to Bobcats of the Last Decade — or BOLD alumni, as we call younger alumni.

In partnership with fellow volunteers Emma developed the BOLD Regional Coordinator Program that helps organize Bates in the City programming to welcome the newest classes of alumni to their host cities.

Emma graduated cum laude with a B.A. in art and visual culture and a minor in economics. Since Bates, she has found purposeful work as an emerging leader in the field of media training and communications. A founding partner of the Franklin Forum in Washington, D.C., a firm that provides media training and support for progressive messengers and messaging, she serves as associate director of outreach and engagement while also consulting with the firm KNP Communications.

She is a member of the Alumni Council and has served as a Bates Fund class agent, helping young alumni develop their own philanthropic relationship with the college. In 2012, she became a member of the Mount David Society by making a leadership-level gift — and we are grateful she continues to do so.

Emma, you give so generously of your time, your many talents, and your expertise to Bates. Your passion and hard work have built a firm foundation for our efforts to engage young Bates alumni. For your service, I am honored to present to you with the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.