When in August of 2019, CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano sought nominations for the 2020 Regent Awards, little did he or those involved know how different the honoring of the 2020 awardees would be.
Typically, the recipients are recognized at CU Boulder’s spring commencement, which in May 2020 ended up occurring virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Jan. 16, 2021, the 2020 awardees were given proper recognition at a private COVID-19-safe ceremony.
Given since 1882 and approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the Regent Awards include:
- Honorary degrees for outstanding achievement in intellectual contributions, university service, philanthropy and/or public service.
- University medals for those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university.
- Distinguished service awards for those whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the state and/or the nation.
The 2020 Regent Award recipients are Marcy Benson (honorary degree); Dr. Patricia Crown (university medal); Rio de la Vista (distinguished service award); Paul and Katy Rady (honorary degrees); and Jean and Jack Thompson (university medal).