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. See below.

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 influential figures.

2020 ASLD Patty Hayes2020. Patty Hayes, ’76, ’80 – Hayes became a household name for her role in Western Washington’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but until then she did her work as director of Public Health—Seattle & King County (an organization most people refer to as the Health Department) mostly under the radar. That meant the incredible impact she made during her career was not widely recognized. With compassion, innovation and empathy, the public health leader strives to make life better for all of us.


Past ASLD recipients

Selection criteria

How to nominate

Nomination form