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Emotional moments as parents pen bittersweet letters to their Trojans

It’s a moment of pride and more than a few tears — and a tradition during Welcome Week at USC

Ann Ilibasic cries while writing letter
Ann Ilibasic of Chicago wipes tears from her eyes while she writes a letter to her son on Move-in Day. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Parents collecting paper for letters

The letters are delivered to the students during the second week of classes. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

A couple writes a letter and woman is crying

Letter-writing is an emotional moment for Sharon Dillard and her husband, Brian Dillard. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The start of the school year can be a roller coaster of emotion for students — and sometimes for parents, too.

A favorite USC tradition is having parents write a letter to their Trojan; the letters are delivered during the second week of classes. The parents offer words of pride and encouragement — and the boxes of tissues are on hand to help them get through.

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