UCLA to fete Archerd at commencement

Columnist to receive achievement award

Army Archerd, who just celebrated his 47th year as a columnist for Daily Variety, will be honored with the inaugural Alumni Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

The award will be presented at the university’s commencement on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

“For over 50 years he has been a recorder and voice for the industry,” said Robert Rosen, dean of the School. “Army has taken risks and been courageous on issues. He has also shown a great deal of integrity and support, and been very charitable.”

Red carpet vet

Archerd has been honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and has introduced the arrivals at the Academy Awards for the last 30 years.

Rosen said the Alumni Award was created to reconnect the alumni with the school.

Producer Joe Roth, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, will give the keynote address at the commencement ceremonies. Roth is presently teaching a producing class at UCLA.

“Roth not only represents the expansive creative side of our college, but also a commitment to the quality of our school,” Rosen said.

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