USC Alumni Awards

April 28, 2018

Nine outstanding Trojans will be honored for their professional achievements and legacy of service at the 85th Annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28, 2018, at the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

For event details and information on how to purchase table sponsorships, program book ads or individual tickets, please visit our Alumni Awards website. 

To see full press release, click here.

Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

William McMorrow 

BS, Business Administration, 1969; Master of Business Administration, 1970
Chairman and CEO, Kennedy Wilson

Alumni Merit Awards

Carmen Nava
BS, Business Administration, 1984
Senior Vice President (retired), AT&T Entertainment Group

Carol Gomez Summerhays

Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1978
Past president, American Dental Association

Kevin Tsujihara
BS, Accounting, 1986
Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Young Alumni Merit Award

Ryan Coogler
Master of Fine Arts, Film and Television Production, 2011
Award-winning filmmaker 

Alumni Service Awards

Bob Padgett

BA, History, 1967
Former USC Trustee; past president, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Valerie Gumbiner Weiss
BA, Communications, 1974; Master of Public Administration, 1981
Past chairman, Alumnae Coordinating Council; 

longtime university volunteer 

Honorary Alumni 

Bruce and Madeline Ramer
Steadfast Trojan ambassadors and dedicated supporters of USC


Every year since 1932, the USC Alumni Association honors a small group of prestigious alumni for their professional achievements and outstanding service to the University and community at the annual 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.

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, we will welcome close to 800 alumni, friends and family to the 85th Annual USC Alumni Awards as we celebrate this year’s honorees.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Location: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, 900 Wilshire Boulevard
Time: 5:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
             6:30 P.M. Dinner and Program
Attire: Black Tie Preferred

Please RSVP by April 11
Hosted Valet Parking

Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

Recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the university and community by giving generously of their time, energy and leadership. This award celebrates alumni whose outstanding accomplishments have brought honor and recognition to themselves and USC.

Alumni Merit Award

Recognizes alumni whose remarkable accomplishments speak well for the range and quality of a USC education.

Young Alumni Merit Award

Recognizes an alumnus/a age 35 or younger who meets the Alumni Merit Award criteria.

Alumni Service Award

Recognizes alumni for their outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the university. The energy, dedication and enthusiasm of each recipient epitomize the spirit of service that is vital to USC’s growth and leadership.

Honorary Alumni

Recognizes individuals whose loyalty, involvement and contribution of time and effort with USC are extraordinary and highly valued.

Participation in Alumni Awards, one of USC’s most prestigious events, provides the opportunity to reach hundreds of the most influential and affluent members of the USC community, as well as political, entertainment and business leaders. Table sponsorships,  program ads and individual tickets are now available.  We are also accepting silent auction item donations, click here for details on how to donate.

Proceeds from the evening support the USC Alumni Association’s programs and services for the more than 400,000 alumni worldwide.  Your generous contribution will be acknowledged in the event program and on the USC Alumni Association website. All charitable contributions are fully tax deductible.

Please visit our event website for any additional questions you may have.

Photos from the 2017 Alumni Awards

2016 Alumni Awards
Past Honorees