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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,…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

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…