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Commencement ’01

USC Commencement ‘01 is a sea of cardinal and gold.

Photo by Irene Fertik

Stories from the Chronicle
2001’s Joyous Occasion
by Melissa Payton
More than 8,000 students will graduate May 11 before an audience of 25,000.‘Quicksilver’ Valedictorian Wants to Pack as Much Into Life as Possible
by Matthew Blakeslee
2001 Valedictorian

Salutatorian Neelu Arora: A Trojan T-shirt Under Her Bruin Sweats
by Bob Calverley

Renaissance Scholars To Be Saluted

Barry Munitz, 118th Commencement Speaker, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
by Inga Kiderra

Cheers, Flowers and Wise Words Send 2001 Grads Into the World
by Melissa Payton

Timeless Advice for USC’s New Graduates
After the main commencement ceremony May 11, two dozen individual schools conducted their satellite ceremonies at locations across the University Park campus and in the Shrine Auditorium. Diplomas were handed out and speakers – faculty members, deans, successful alumni and outstanding graduating students – offered timeless advice. Here are some excerpts.

2001 Valedictorian: Paritosh Prasad
Prasad addressed the graduating class of 2001 on May 11.

The University Honors Its 2001 Scholars
USC’s newest scholars joined President Steven B. Sample at the Wall of Scholars in Leavey Library following a May 10 Senior and Graduate Recognition Awards ceremony in Bovard Auditorium.

A photo album

USC’s Ph.D. hooding ceremony, prelude to commencement

Commencement ’01 begins, bright & early

Flags of the schools lead the procession

Life imitates art, with the right chemistry

LeVar Burton beams into celebrations in and around the Bing

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