The Distinguished Graduate Program was established in 1981 as a partnership between the MCHS Education Foundation and McHenry High School. Each year, a committee of staff, students, parents, alumni, and community representatives selects the Distinguished Graduate(s) from a pool of nominations from the community.
To be considered for the award, nominees must be graduates of McHenry High School and be out of high school for at least 15 years. The Distinguished Graduate selection committee members are looking for graduates who represent the following six criteria:
Sphere of influence
Success in chosen field
Making a positive impact on the community
Overcoming difficulties to reach goals
Those chosen as Distinguished Graduates are honored with a plaque featuring a photo and listing of accomplishments. The history of our Distinguished Graduates will be displayed in our school buildings and our district website.