The Olde Guarde Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual whose class graduated a minimum of fifty years prior to the year the award is presented. It is given to an Olde Guarde member of the William & Mary as an alumni recognition award. The criteria include dedication, involvement and continued service to the university as well as life achievement. The award recipient may not currently serve on the Olde Guarde Council. The award is currently presented during Traditions Weekend in the Spring.