About the Award
Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. The college awarded 23 Bicentennial Medals in 1993 and has added up to seven awardees in each year since.
The Bicentennial Medals recognize alumni for “significant achievement in any field of endeavor.” We hope that seniors will find the recipients’ career paths and their accomplishments inspiring as they begin to think of life after college.
This Year’s Medalists
John Walcott ’71
With more than 40 years in journalism, Walcott is recognized for his “dogged” pursuit of truth at Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, McClatchy, and Knight-Ridder, where he led reporters’ coverage questioning claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner ’85
Having created some of the entertainment industry’s most successful global marketing campaigns for some of the biggest artists in music, Joyner, chairman of PARA Music Group, has a mission to “bring cultures all over the world together by means of music and technology.”
Mike Wynn ’93
As chief of police for the Pittsfield Police Department, Wynn is deeply embedded in the community, serving on local boards, working with local youth and taking part in a Williams Winter Study course that exposes adjudicated teens to college life by pairing them with Williams students.
Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02
As CEO of Turquoise Mountain, Stewart has created a new model of NGO that is entrepreneurial and humanitarian by regenerating Afghanistan’s traditional arts and historic areas and creating jobs and a renewed sense of identity.