May 3, 2007

Honorary Alumnus

SCA Bestows Award On Clint Eastwood

By James Tella


Clint Eastwood during the 2007
Academy Awards Telecast.

Photo: A.M.P.A.S.

Acclaimed actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood will receive the first Honorary Alumni Award ever conferred by the USC School of Cinematic Arts during its 2007 commencement exercises on May 11. In addition, the four-time Academy Award winner, whose credits range from Rawhide to this year’s Oscar nominated Letters From Iwo Jima is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the university during its main commencement ceremonies.

“Clint Eastwood is an icon of film and television, inspiring audiences around the globe,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “His work on both sides of the camera exemplifies the creativity and dedication that we strive to instill in our students.”

One of the highest distinctions the University of Southern California confers, the Honorary Alumni Award serves to recognize people who demonstrate loyalty, interest and service to their community or their profession in the spirit of the mission of the university. The award also acknowledges those who make personal contributions to their profession and serve as role models for the generations that follow.

Taking place in USC’s Galen Center, which opened last fall, the program begins at 2:30 p.m., and features electronic game pioneer Will Wright as the main speaker. Special effects master Ray Harryhausen will receive the school’s Mary Pickford Award.