USC President Steven B. Sample has chosen Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as this year’s commencement speaker. The mayor also will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony May 12.
The City of Los Angeles and USC are linked by more than location and common history – they grew up together from the 1880s on. The mayor has spoken at several university events this academic year and a senior USC officer, Carolyn Webb de Macias, has been on loan to the mayor’s office to advise him on education matters since last summer.
A graduate of the People’s College of Law, Villaraigosa earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA. He has been a distinguished visiting fellow at USC’s Southern California Studies Center, and he often speaks about leadership to undergraduate classes at USC.
Last year’s speaker was alumnus Neil Armstrong; the speaker before that was U.S. Sen. John McCain.
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