PULLMAN, Wash. — Hundreds of friends, family, fans and teammates honored Steve Gleason today with the Washington State University’s 2017 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, the university’s highest alumni honor.

WSU Regent Ron Sims and President Kirk Schulz presided over the event, with Gleason’s friend and WSU football teammate Grady Emmerson sharing stories and memories of Gleason.

Before concluding, Steve Gleason addressed the crowd through a prepared statement.

About the award

Since 1962, the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award has been given to an alumnus/a who has made significant contributions to society and, through his or her accomplishments, has brought attention to the quality of a WSU education.

Previous winners include broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, author Sherman Alexie, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, cartoonist Gary Larson, astronaut John Fabian, sports broadcaster Keith Jackson and wheat researcher Orville Vogel. Gleason is the award’s 48th recipient.

For more about the award, see http://regents.wsu.edu/distinguished-alumni/.

Watch the archived ceremony below:

A previous WSU News story about Gleason and the Alumni Award can be read here: https://news.wsu.edu/2017/07/31/steve-gleason-award/