About the UWAA


In 2016, the UW Alumni Association hosted the first Golden Graduates Brunch, honoring Huskies who graduated 50 or more years ago. That same year, they also created the Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumnus Award (GGDAA), given to an alumnus who has demonstrated sustained, long-term and meaningful engagement with the UW. We are pleased to recognize these esteemed graduates who embody the best of the Husky spirit.

Vivian LeeVivian O. Lee, ’58
2018 Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumna

Vivian O. Lee was the first African American student to be admitted to the special accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing in 1955, the first African American RN hired at the Seattle Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the first African American hired by the U.S. Public Health Service, where she became director of the first federal regional office on women’s health in the nation. Vivian co-founded the first UWAA club focusing on diversity, the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP).

Past Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumni