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Lucas Honored

Students and professors at USC's School of Cinematic Arts reflect on the impact that George Lucas has had on USC as they look forward to him receiving the University's top award. 


Text by Elizabeth McHugh

Renowned filmmaker and USC alumnus George Lucas will be awarded the USC Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest honor, at an on-campus reception Monday evening.

"We at USC are so proud to count George Lucas as a member of our Trojan Family," said USC President Steven B. Sample. "He has distinguished himself as a creative genius, a prescient supporter of multimedia literacy, and a devoted alumnus.”

Lucas graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1966. Elizabeth M. Daley, the dean of the School of Cinematic Arts said since his graduation, “George Lucas has remained an unwavering supporter of the school and its goals.”

The “Star Wars” director helped create USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy whose mission it is to research the changing nature of literacy in a “networked culture.”

In 2006, the Lucasfilm Foundation donated $175 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts which helped fund the construction of a new cinematic arts complex.

“Not only has he inspired and delighted audiences worldwide with his imagination,” said Sample, “but he is generous in ensuring that new generations of artists and innovators can illuminate the human condition and give wings to their greatest dreams.”

Lucas will be awarded the medallion at the USC Academic Honors Convocation. Outstanding faculty and students will also be recognized on this occasion.

For more information on Lucas' award check back to and watch ATVN live at 6 p.m. on Trojan Vision 8

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