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USC commencement: Through the years in photos

Catch the famous faces that have been part of past ceremonies — and much more — in a pictorial walk down memory lane

Take a look at the university’s memorable moments from past ceremonies, including a wardrobe adjustment for John Wayne and an alumna’s canine who walked away with a “dog-torate.” (Do you have any memorable pictures you’d like to share with us? Send those favorites to USC News at newsinfo@usc.edu.)

 

USC commencement photos: 1914 Graduation

1914: Graduation was conducted on the grass in front of the College of Liberal Arts (or “Old College”) building, along with live music performed on a piano.  (Photo/USC Digital Collections)

 

USC commencement photos: 1915 - Students line up in front of the Liberal Arts College. (USC Digital Libraries)

1915: Graduates  line up in front of the USC College of Liberal Arts. (USC Digital Libraries)

 

USC commencement photos: 1925: The procession of students begin in front of Bovard along University Avenue (now Trousdale Parkway). (Photo/USC Digital Collections)

1925: The procession begins in front of Bovard along University Avenue (now Trousdale Parkway). (Photo/USC Digital Collections)

 

USC commencement photos: 1926 The Academic Serpentine, the President, deans and faculties advance through the rows of the 1354 graduates who receive their diplomas in the Coliseum stadium.

1926: The students create the Academic Serpentine, as the president, deans and faculty advance through the rows of graduates who received their diplomas in the Coliseum. (USC Libraries)

 

USC commencement photos: 1931: A Crowd gathered for USC commencement and groundbreaking ceremony for Doheny Memorial Library. (USC Libraries)

1931: A crowd gathers for commencement and a groundbreaking ceremony for Doheny Memorial Library. (USC Libraries)

 

USC commencement photos: 1953, USC 60,000th graduate, Barbara Roberts, received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. The graduating class of 3245 men and women SC's 70th annual commencement exercises.

1953: Barbara Roberts, USC’s 60,000th graduate, receives a Bachelor of Science in education. (USC Libraries)

 

USC commencement photos: 1968, USC-President-NormanH. Topping adjusting John-Wayne’s academic robe. (Photo/Duke University)

1968: USC President Norman H. Topping adjusts John Wayne’s academic robe while the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh looks on. (Photo/University of Norte Dame Archives)

 

USC commencement photos: 1975, Christina McCluggage received a bachelor's degree with honors in political science. Joker, who attended every class with his owner, received a dog-torate." (USC Digital Collections)

1975: Christina McCluggage received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science. Joker, who attended every class with his owner, earned a “dog-torate.” (USC Digital Collections)

 

USC commencement photos: 1980, The balloon release at Commencement. (USC Digital Collections)

1980: The traditional student commencement balloon release. (USC Digital Collections)

 

USC commencement photos: 1986, USC President James Zumberge takes a photo of the graduates. (USC Digital Collection)

1986: USC President James Zumberge takes a photo of the graduates. (USC Digital Collection)

 

USC commencement photos: 1994: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg participate in the commencement procession.

1994: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg participate in the procession. (Photo/USC Libraries)

 

USC commencement photos: 2012, Capturing the memories of the USC Commencement (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

2012: A student captures memories that will last a lifetime. (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

 

USC commencement photos: Rainy Trojans

2015: Trojans care for Trojans, even on a rainy commencement day. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

 

USC commencement photos: Rainy Trojans

2016: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger pose for a photo with their son, Patrick, after the main commencement ceremony. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

 

USC commencement photos: Will Ferrell sings at USC commencement

2017: Commencement speaker Will Ferrell ’90 sings “I Will Always Love You” to the graduates. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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