The keynote address from Semira Dariushnia, MD, an Orange County-based family physician and member of the division’s Board of Councilors, highlighted the 77th annual commencement of the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

During the May 10 ceremony held on USC’s University Park Campus, Dariushnia outlined seven principles for delivering compassionate occupational therapy services, which she called “the art of living well.”

“Remember that moments of life lived soon become memories, which give way to story, which eventually morphs into legacy,” she said.

Dariushnia and her husband, Mark Moshayedi, sponsor an annual competition for current USC occupational therapy students to pitch innovative projects that can improve health and wellness by leveraging cutting-edge technologies. The winner receives a prize package to further advance the project’s concept and business development.

The Class of 2019 consisted of nine bachelor of science, 153 master of arts, 81 doctorate of occupational therapy and three occupational science PhD graduates.

— Mike McNulty