From the Nominator
The mission of the West Point Association of Graduates is to serve West Point and the Long Gray Line, and its vision is for the Long Gray Line to be the most highly connected alumni body in the world. In 1869, “the Association,” as it used to be known, held its first organizational meeting roughly four years after the end of the Civil War. The Civil War is often cited as the reason the Association was formed–that is, to heal the divide between West Point graduates who fought on opposing sides of the U.S. Civil War. The hallmark video for our sesquicentennial celebration became the focus of WPAOG-hosted events. In the three-minute video, viewers are taken on a journey, reminding them of the purpose of WPAOG, their experiences at West Point, and the emotional connection they have with the institution and their fellow graduates because of their shared experiences.
From the Judges
Although not terribly unique, this video provides a really nice juxtaposition of old and new. It conveyed its message well: tradition matters at West Point. For the audience, it serves its purpose well and stirs emotion—sure to make alumni proud of their alma mater.