Commencement News

USC’s monumental commencement effort unleashes celebrations and makes history

May 28th, 2021

USC senior Rajiv Sheth stepped on the stage in his cap and gown, clutched his diploma and beamed. His grandmother, Bharti Sheth, watched him during USC’s May 14 commencement ceremony from her seat at the ... Read More »

Graduating senior Claire Needham learns how to combine body and mind at USC

May 20th, 2021

Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campus, you could often find Claire Needham practicing plié, relevé and sauté in the light-filled dance studios of the USC Kaufman International Dance Center. Afterwards, she might dart off ... Read More »

A commencement two years in the making begins: Classes of 2020 and 2021 walk the Coliseum stage

May 17th, 2021

Friday was a day of firsts. It was the first time in 70 years that USC’s commencement had taken place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — complete with a lit torch. It was also ... Read More »

Commencement 2021: Graduate goes from patient to physical therapy practitioner

May 13th, 2021

Chris Pierson can't pinpoint the exact moment he knew he was destined to become a physical therapist, but he knows roughly when he became interested. At the age of 16, Pierson suffered a serious spinal cord ... Read More »

Commencement 2021: Dentistry grad follows the family footsteps

May 13th, 2021

Even though dentistry is the family business, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC graduate Danilo Diangkinay wasn’t sold on the idea of following in his parents’ footsteps. He watched as his parents, who run ... Read More »

Commencement 2021: Stem cell master’s graduate celebrates Trojan Family from Los Angeles to Syria

May 12th, 2021

When Eli Bosnoyan first set foot on the USC campus, he was a six-year-old boy from Aleppo, Syria, visiting relatives in Los Angeles during his summer vacation. “I was with my brother,” said Bosnoyan, who ... Read More »

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