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Dominique Byrd, seen here playing in 2004, received his degree in African American studies from USC Dornsife on May 15. Photo courtesy of USC Athletics.

NFL Vet Returns for Degree

May 19, 2015

It started with a promise. It was Feb. 6, 2002 — the day before his 18th birthday — and Dominique Byrd was about to sign his national letter of intent to play football for USC. For Cheryl Bowens, it would mean…

Leonard Williams was drafted April 30 by the New York Jets. Photo by John McGillen.

USC Dornsife Student Chosen Sixth in NFL Draft

May 5, 2015

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was taken 20th by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The pair’s choosing…

First-year student Benjamin Sturgess talks with Larry Singer, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser for USC Dornsife’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP), at a mid-semester program meeting. Photo by Kelsey Rupp.

A Change of Heart

April 1, 2015

In 1996, John Michels’ dream came true. After graduating from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s in religion, the former Trojans offensive tackle was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. During his…

After an injury that ended his NFL career, USC Dornsife alumnus Thomas Williams raised himself up  to launch a successful new profession as a motivational speaker and author. Photos courtesy of Thomas Williams.

Permission to Dream

October 21, 2014

When Thomas Williams was 12 years old, his mother attended his 6th grade parent-teacher conference. There, Williams’ teacher told her that by the time her son was 16 he would be a gang leader, a drug dealer or dead.…

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…

Building the Student in 'Student-Athlete'

Building the Student in 'Student-Athlete'

August 1, 2006

Although exhausted after her graveyard shift, Judy Jefferson was determined to attend the closing ceremonies of the NFL Impact Program at USC. “Sure I’m tired, but how could I miss this?” Jefferson said.…

Young Men, Big Dreams

Young Men, Big Dreams

July 1, 2006

Although standing in front of a chalkboard, former National Football League player Reggie Grant sounded as if posed in front of a scoreboard, issuing a command on a playing field. “To make it into the NFL, you have to…