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Clockwise from top left: Zade Shakir, Jennifer Bou Lahoud, Sam Kosydar and Lucila Duarte. Shakir photo by Ricardo Galvez Photography. Bou Lahoud photo by Elias Tahan. Kosydar and Duarte photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Great Expectations

May 16, 2014

Lucila Duarte: ‘I Can Do Anything’ Lucila Duarte. Before Lucila Duarte’s mother died of breast cancer while Duarte was preparing to finish high school, Lucila del Carmen Jurado de Duarte told her…

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca and Andrew Alonzo, Cynthia Maxwell Dillard, Michael Fritschner, America Ferrera and David Horacio Hernandez. The Alonzos, Dillard and Hernandez photos by Pamela J. Johnson; Fritschner photo by Erica Christianson; Ferrera photo by grad images.

You Did It!

May 17, 2013

Graduated Betty   Golden Globe and Emmy-winning America Ferrera stands with her mentor Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs in USC Dornsife. Ferrera earned her…

All-Star Students

All-Star Students

May 3, 2012

Genevieve Hoffman: Woman of International Mastery by Diane Krieger Condi Rice, look out. Here comes Genevieve P. Hoffman. The Class of 2012 valedictorian has what it takes to make tidal waves in Washington, D.C., according…

From left, Elizabeth Sophy, John Lien Margetis and Silvia Green.

Eyes Fixed on the Horizon

May 13, 2011

Now preparing for their next milestones, the first graduates under the name USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences earned their diplomas on May 13. USC Dornsife issued more than 2,500 degrees during…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

Kenechi Udeze (center) lines up to accept his bachelor's degree during the 2010 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration held May 13 on University Park campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

'Quitting is Not an Option'

May 14, 2010

When Kenechi Udeze joined the USC Trojan football team as a redshirt freshman in 2001, he was a 340-pound, fledgling defensive end player. "To be honest with you," he said, "the first day I came here for practice, I passed…

Exceptional USC College graduates Isabel Duenas, Brian Tenenbaum and Evan Marcus. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Touch of Class

May 14, 2010

After Manuel Arts: Isabel Duenas The youngest of three children, Isabel Duenas was in fifth grade when her brother joined a gang, started doing drugs and having run-ins with the law. "I saw what this was doing to my…

USC College Commencement

USC College Commencement

May 11, 2010

USC President Steven B. Sample, set to step down in August, will address graduates at the university's 127th commencement. Approximately 40,000 parents, family and friends attend the commencement ceremony each…

Natasha Khan (left), Apollo Emeka, David Gibson and Michael Gibson

Pomp and Unusual Circumstance

May 15, 2009

Stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, Saddam Hussein's birthplace 87 miles northwest of Baghdad, Apollo Emeka served as an intelligence analyst for the Army National Guard. During his deployment, Emeka's base was bombed several times.…

Gerardo Licón (left) and his brother Gustavo advised youth to avoid the "crab in a bucket" mentality — when one person tries to better him or herself and others try to pull them down. "Lift as you climb," Gerardo said. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Yes They Did

May 14, 2009

Gerardo "Lalo" Licon was a freshman at Inglewood High School when riots broke out between black and Latino students during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 1990. Gerardo "Lalo" Licón was a freshman at Inglewood High…