On the occasion of the "Patroonsfeest", each year the University awards a few people with exceptional achievements, be it scientific, societal or cultural. This year, the following people will be awarded:
- Professor James P. Allison (Univ of Texas) and Professor Carl H. June (Univ of Pennsylvania) for their exceptional work on immunology to fight cancer.
- Professor Theodor Dieter (Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research) for his work on the dialogue between catholics and lutherans
- Professor Louise Fresco (Chairman, Wageningen University & Research) for work on sustainable food supplies
- Margrethe Vestager (European commissioner, EU) for her work on open and transparant market access and competition.