In Person Commencement at USC

Provided by USC News

Zeny Tran and Mustang Staff

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On May 13 graduates of the Class of 2022 from USC participated in an in-person commencement ceremony at 8:30 a.m at Exposition Park. 70,000 people gathered in person to celebrate over 19,000 degrees that were conferred reports Grayson Schmidt of USC News. University of Southern California President Carol Folt stated, “We’re here in this glorious place, taking part in a university’s most historic pageant of celebration – graduation… You’re not afraid of facing society’s challenges – I have seen you embrace them with confidence and with optimism.” University valedictorian Adam Karelin delivered a moving message to his classmates and the community in the audience: “May we all find the strength to face evil with light.” This was a reference to the Russia-Ukraine war that continues to fight on today in Europe. Karelin is of Ukranian ancestry.

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