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In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

May 12, 2015

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both have majors in USC Dornsife: Alexander Yuen of biological sciences and Carrie Ruth Moore of creative writing. Hailing from Sacramento, California, and Atlanta, Georgia,…

Standard of Excellence

May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

C. L. Max Nikias presents the Presidential Medallion to Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett. Photos by Steve Cohn.

USC Dornsife Scholars Recognized at Honors Convocation

April 23, 2015

USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest honor, to Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett, who was most recently honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship for…

From left, salutatorian Jared Sokol, valedictorian Jana Shapiro and salutatorian Brian Lentz are all from USC Dornsife this year. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Valedictorian and Salutatorians

May 14, 2014

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorians have two big things in common: all three are from USC Dornsife and all want to be doctors. Medicine is a tough profession that has come under fire lately, but Jana Shapiro,…

USC valedictorian Katherine Fu (left) and salutatorians Alexander Fullman and Julia Sabo Mangione are graduates from USC Dornsife. Fu will speak before the graduating Class of 2013 on May 17. Photos by Dietmar Quistorf.

Head of the Class

May 15, 2013

Katherine Fu: The Brain of the Matter It’s said that the study of the human brain is the last frontier in science. With that in mind, Katherine Fu, the class of 2013 valedictorian, is ready to chart new…

Commencement 2008

Commencement 2008

May 1, 2008

Head of the Class Julianne Yulan Gale is living proof that trying to cubbyhole people is a waste of time. She defies categorization. An academic superstar in computer science, she is also an experienced actress. ... For…

Head of the Class

May 1, 2008

Valedictorian Julianne Yulan GaleJulianne Yulan Gale is living proof that trying to cubbyhole people is a waste of time. She defies categorization. An academic superstar in computer science, she is also an experienced actress…

Valedictorian With a Sense of Social Justice

Valedictorian With a Sense of Social Justice

May 1, 2005

USC College’s Katherine Trefz, a double major in history and political science, shines in academics, leadership and service. As the 2005 valedictorian, she will speak at USC’s 122nd commencement ceremony. By…