Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix and actor-director Ron Howard are among six recipients of USC honorary degrees to be awarded at the graduation ceremony on May 13, the first in-person commencement event on campus since 2019.
Felix is also going to be USC’s commencement speaker. She never actually ran track at USC but was a student. Howard also attended USC.
Also getting degrees are Howard’s movie-making partner, producer Brian Grazer; former chairman of Columbia Pictures and MCA/Universal Motion Picture Group, Frank Price; USC trustee David Bohnett and science journalist/policy expert Bina Venkataraman.
Among the movies produced by Grazer was the Academy Award-winning best picture “A Beautiful Mind.” Among Price’s credits is the TV show, “Columbo.”
Howard was asked today about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
“I wouldn’t have expected that kind of behavior,” he said.