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May 11, 2017

Congrats to the Class of 2017!!!

Graduation day has finally arrived!  As many of you prepare to graduate from high school, USC will also confer approximately 15,000 degrees today.  You can watch our commencement speaker Will Ferrell, class of 1990, at our 134th commencement ceremony taking place in Alumni Park today.  Check out our facebook page for the live feed.  We are so excited to congratulate the class of 2017!!!

Fight On Forever Trojans!

Enjoy photos from gradations past, many of which are featured in USC News….

1914: Graduation was conducted on the grass in front of the College of Liberal Arts (or “Old College”) building, along with live music performed on piano. (Photo/USC Digital Collections)


1915: Graduates line up in from of the USC College of Liberal Arts. (USC Digital Libraries)


1925: The procession begins in front of Bovard along Trousdale Parkway. (Photo/USC Digital Collections)


1926: The students create the Academic Serpentine, as the president, deans and faculty advance through the rows of graduates who received their diplomas in the Coliseum. (USC Libraries)


1931: A Crowd gathers for commencement and a groundbreaking ceremony for Doheny Memorial Library. (USC Libraries)


1953: Barbara Roberts, USC’s 60,000th graduate, receives a Bachelor of Science in education. (USC Libraries)


1968: USC President Norman H. Topping adjusts John Wayne’s academic robe while the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh looks on. (Photo/University of Notre Dame Archives)


1975: Christina McCluggage received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science.  Joker, who attended every class with his owner, earned a “dog-torate.” (USC Digital Collections)


1980: The traditional student commencement balloon release. (USC Digital Collections)


1994: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg participate in the procession. (Photo/USC Libraries)


2009: A group of Admission Center Tour Guides pose in front of Tommy Trojan – This photo includes our one and only Haley Camin ’09 who now works with many of our prospective students.  And what makes this photo even better, is that another tour guide alum, Neelam Savla ’12, took this photo.  Little did they know, a few years later they would be working together in the admission office.


2013: Natalie Guevara poses with her family after receiving Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.


2013: The Trojan Family standing by their graduate.


2014: Graduates love to commemorate their graduation with some friendly photos in the arches of Bovard.


2015: Whitney Rollerson, another admission counselor, gets all dressed up for graduation with her friends.


2016: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger pose for a photo with their son, Patrick, after the main commemencement ceremony. (USC Photo/David Sprague)



A very big congrats to the class of 2017!!!