Dylan Lloyd, of Chicago, is one of four alumni being inducted into the 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame at Moraine Valley Community College. Lloyd also has been selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
“Being named to the Alumni Hall of Fame and being recognized as the distinguished alumnus are such a great source of pride for me,” said Lloyd, an acclaimed singer/songwriter who has worked with several music labels, including Universal Music Group. “Moraine Valley catapulted me into success, and there’s no better feeling than to be back here and getting recognized with these honors.”
Lloyd earned an Associate in Arts degree in music theory from Moraine Valley in 2009 and within six months moved to Los Angeles, where he signed a music publishing deal with Radar Music/BMG Rights Management.
Currently a recording artist with Independent Ear and Universal Music Group, Lloyd was the first American to be invited to the Crimea Music Fest in the Ukraine, a concert broadcast on television to more than 100 million people across Eastern Europe. His music had charted in the top 10 on the iTunes Charts and has had songs named on Apple Music’s Best Music Playlist. He received his own radio station on Pandora, and has had several songs in the Top 50 of the iTunes Charts and songs named on Apple Music’s Best Music Playlist.
Lloyd visits Moraine Valley to talk with students who are interested in the music industry, explaining the importance of an education and sharing with them tips of the trade. He also has been involved with numerous fundraising projects, including writing a song for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and helping raise money and awareness for families dealing with depression in the community in which he was raised.
Lloyd is receiving special recognition as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, an award given to a Moraine Valley graduate who has achieved outstanding career success, provided humanitarian service and continues to show interest in and support of education. He will be the college’s nominee to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association statewide contest.
Lloyd was inducted in the Alumni Hall of Fame along with Holly Bartecki, of Chicago; José Ángel Navejas, of Chicago; and Dave Shalabi, of Orland Park.