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.

2021. Larry Gossett, ’71 – A student activist who helped organize the Black Student Union on campus, Gossett formed tight bonds with his classmates and sparked a massive effort to make the University more diverse. The results of their activism enriched the college experience for everyone and transformed the University for generations to come. And he was just getting started.


Past ASLD recipients

Selection criteria

How to nominate

Nomination form

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