About the UWAA

ASLD

The Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award (ASLD) is the highest honor bestowed upon a University of Washington graduate and is presented annually by the UW and UW Alumni Association. It recognizes a legacy of achievement and service built over a lifetime. Since its inception in 1938, more than 70 alumni who personify the University’s tradition of excellence have received this prestigious honor. Nominations are open to the public.

More than 70 alumni who personify the University’s tradition of excellence have received this prestigious honor since the award was inaugurated in 1938. The list includes Nobel Prize winners, internationally-recognized scientists, artists, business leaders, educators and many other important figures.

2018. Orin Smith, ’65 – As CFO then COO and finally CEO of Starbucks, Smith oversaw the company’s growth into an international powerhouse, but he also stayed true to a more noble purpose—to inspire and nurture the human spirit. From his humble childhood in Chehalis to his post-retirement years as a philanthropist and leader for the University of Washington, he never lost sight of the ideals he lived by: Caring for his fellow man and caring for the world. As UW President Ana Mari Cauce told more than 500 friends, family and former employees at Smith’s memorial service, which was held on the UW campus, “Whenever he saw a way to do some good, he stepped up and did it—quietly and with kindness and good humor.”


Past ASLD recipients

Selection criteria

How to nominate

Nomination form