USC Alumni Awards

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Every year since 1932, the USC Alumni Association honors a select group of prestigious alumni for their professional achievements and outstanding service to the University and community at the Alumni Awards gala. Past honorees include Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong ’70, world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry ’54, opera great Marilyn Horne ’53, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis ’73.  A few of our most recent honorees include: social work pioneer Suzanne Dworak-Peck ’65, MSW ’67, actress and activist America Ferrera ’13, and real estate developer and civic leader Rick Caruso ’80.

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Alumni Awards 2023

2024 Nominations

Nominations for the 90th Annual USC Alumni Awards have concluded.

The final slate of honorees is expected to be announced in mid-November.

Award Criteria:

Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award
The Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the University and community by generously giving their time, energy, and leadership. This award celebrates alumni who’s outstanding accomplishments have brought honor and recognition to themselves and USC.

Alumni Merit Award
Alumni Merit Awards recognize individuals whose remarkable professional or personal accomplishments have brought recognition to themselves and the University. The USC Alumni Association may also present a Young Alumni Merit Award to an alumnus/a up to age 35 who meets the Alumni Merit Award criteria.

Alumni Service Award
Alumni Service Awards recognize outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the University. Each recipient’s energy, dedication, and enthusiasm epitomize the spirit of partnership vital to USC’s growth and leadership.

2023 Honorees

Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

Bill Allen

Bill Allen ’79

Former USC Trustee Past President & CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Past President, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Alumni Merit Awards

Roger Lynch

Roger Lynch ’93

CEO, Condé Nast

Ellisen Shelton Turner ’97

Ellisen Shelton Turner ’97

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Young Alumni Merit Award

Kaitlyn Yang

Kaitlyn Yang ’11

CEO & Visual Effects Supervisor, Alpha Studios

Alumni Service Awards

Donald Dean

Donald Dean ’90

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors

Teena Hostovich

Teena Hostovich ’86

USC Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders USC Marshall Career Advantage Program Mentor USC Marshall Risk Management Advisory Council Member

Amy Ross

Amy Ross PhD ’86

USC Trustee Past President, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors Founding Member & Past President, USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association

Event Details

On Saturday, April 20, 2024, we will welcome alumni, family, and friends to the 90th Annual USC Alumni Awards.

Saturday, April 20
Fairmont Century Plaza, Century City

Cocktail Reception 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Awards Presentation 6:15 p.m.

Black-Tie | Hosted Parking

Registration will open in December 2023.

Past Alumni Awards Photos


Participation in USC’s Alumni Awards, one of USC’s most prestigious events, provides the opportunity to support USC and reach hundreds of the most influential and affluent members of the USC community and a wide array of business and community leaders.

Proceeds from the evening support USC Alumni Association programs and services for the more than 450,00 alumni worldwide. Your generous contribution will be acknowledged in the event program tribute book and on the USC Alumni Association website. All charitable contributions are fully tax deductible.

Please visit our website in December for more information on how to RSVP or become a sponsor.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors for their generous support!


Greg Barnes & Nate Mundy, Lockton

Teena Hostovich, Douglas Martinet & Michael Martinet


USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Bill & Marie Allen

Rick & Tina Caruso

Nadine Watt & Andrew Jameson

Keck Medicine of USC & Keck School of Medicine of USC


Joy Albritten & Jeff Gaul

LeeAnn Black

Peter Brejcha & Whitney Cale

The Cusick Family

Donald Dean

Andrea & Foti Defterios

Kyle Ferari & Henry R. Muñoz, III

Gaynor Law Group, Zeina & Justin M. Gaynor

Jessica Lall & Luke O’Dea

Amy Ross & Connie Hammen

Kim & Clint Sallee

Town and Gown of USC

Ellisen S. Turner

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

USC Athletics

USC Black Alumni Association

USC Marshall School of Business

USC School of Cinematic Arts

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association

USC Latino Alumni Association

Kevork & Elizabeth Zoryan


David C. Bohnett

Amy & Jules Buenabenta

Robert & Kathleen Campos

Kaufman Dolowich Voluck

Kourosh Maddahi DDS

Daniel & Lisa M. Prince

Mary & Sidney Tee

2023 Premier Sponsors

Bank of America
Association Member Benefits & Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual Insurance
USC Credit Union