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LaRose Washington, who is studying psychology and theatre, says delving into several fields helps a student become more open-minded and analytical.

Disparate Studies Unveiled

June 24, 2014

USC students have discovered that choosing majors and minors in widely different disciplines boosts their creativity — and their career choices. In a new video, eight undergraduates talk about why they chose majors and…

A successful career woman, mother of six and grandmother of eight, Cynthia Maxwell-Dillard is just getting started. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

In My Opinion

November 13, 2013

Sustainability usually refers to issues of maintaining the environment and ecosystem or improving the ozone layer. How about personal sustainability? For nearly 60 years, my determination to fulfill a commitment never…

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…

What's Next?

What's Next?

October 1, 2008

For an undergrad, the only thing scarier than being unprepared for finals is being unprepared for the future. But as graduation draws near, many students find themselves unsure of what step to take next, and unfortunately…

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…

Four to Receive Honorary Degrees

May 1, 2008

A shrewd corporate executive, a forceful activist, a risk-taking producer and a philanthropist will receive the university’s top commencement awards Friday. Robert A. Iger, chief executive officer of the Walt Disney…

Tales from Commencement

May 1, 2008

Andrea Contreras Here is how a fellow student described Andrea Contreras, who graduated with degrees in two demanding majors — political science and neuroscience — and is headed to law school at Columbia University…

10,000 Degrees to be Awarded

May 1, 2008

More than 40,000 graduates and their families are expected to fill Alumni Memorial Park and the sites of 34 satellite ceremonies for the 125th annual commencement at USC Friday. “Students take their place in a long…