Alumni Highlights

To have a degree from USD, whether it's undergraduate, graduate or doctoral, puts our alumni on a personal path to success, to make a difference in others' lives locally, nationally and globally.

Everyone dreams of what they want to be in life. For those who attend the University of San Diego, the answer to this question is often finalized or discovered through education experiences, social interactions, mentoring and leadership opportunities. Here are just a few examples of the more than 60,000 global Torero alumni.

Jared Ruga, Executive Producer of Quiet Heroes

Alumnus Jared Ruga's Film, Quiet Heroes, Wins Daytime Emmy Award

The career boundaries seem limitless for Jared Ruga, a 2011 Honors Program triple major undergraduate alumnus of the University of San Diego. The latest expansion came on May 3 when the 30-year-old founder and CEO of Salt Lake City-based Vavani Productions was in Los Angeles to attend the 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. There, a film documentary he executive produced, Quiet Heroes, won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special.

Brendan is pointing out to sea

Alumni Spotlight: Brendan Saunders

What year did you graduate and with what Major/Minor? I graduated Class of 2013 with a B.A. in Marine Science and a Minor in Biology. What is your h…

Rasheed Behrooznia Alumni Honors

Leading the Next Generation

2018 Alumni Honors recipient Rasheed Behrooznia helps design the transit systems that get commuters where they need to go. His own road to suc…

Shoshana Jones

Alumni Spotlight: Shoshana Jones, '13

Q&A Shoshana Jones, MA History, 2013After graduating from the Department of History’s MA Program in Spring 2013, Shoshana Jones began a care…

USD alumni, James Brennan. A serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Suja Juice

James Brennan '96

Moving Forward, Giving Back: Advice from One of San Diego’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs USD School of Business alumnus James Brennan is not…

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…