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President Welcomes New Trojans at Convocation

President Welcomes New Trojans at Convocation
USC President C.L. Max Nikias "fights on" at the New Student Convocation.

A mother spotted her daughter in the procession of incoming freshmen at the New Student Convocation held in Alumni Park on Aug. 19.

“There she is. There she is,” she exclaimed. Many other parents raised cameras high above their heads trying to get snapshots of their students.

“We’re very excited and very proud,” said Mark Billes of Huntington Beach, whose daughter Vanessa will double major in computer science and business. “This was her goal and her dream.”

President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed the freshmen to the Trojan Family and stated that he too felt like a freshman due to recently becoming the university’s 11th president. He advised the incoming class to become literate in all things and surround themselves with peers and professors who will challenge them to become better students.

“Realize as you travel that the world around you has the power to shape the world within you,” he said, as he encouraged students to take advantage of study abroad programs.

Incoming freshman Vince Meklis captivated the audience with a violin performance, as did junior Alyson Sutherland with a rendition of the USC Alma Mater accompanied by the Trojan Marching Band.

The event concluded with greetings from university deans, closing remarks by Michael Jackson, vice president for student affairs, and a recessional of students who walked to spirited music performed by the Trojan Marching Band.

President Welcomes New Trojans at Convocation

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