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USC fetes 116th graduation ceremonies on the web

A live broadcast of USC’s 116th annual graduation ceremony – complete with sound and full-motion video – will air Friday, May 14, from 7 to 11 a.m., on the World Wide Web and selected Los Angeles cable outlets.

Webcast feeds will be carried simultaneously on LA Channel (television channel 36 on many local cable systems) and the USC Channel (Tele-TV digital television channel 408).

Terry Anzur, co-anchor of KTLA-TV’s “News at 10” and an assistant professor of journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, will co-host the commencement broadcast with Joe Allen, USC vice provost and dean for admissions. Two USC journalism undergraduates, Rachel Kim and Justin Micatrotto, will conduct live interviews.

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, a USC alumnus, will deliver the commencement address. Valedictorian Alaina Kipps will also speak at the graduation ceremony in USC’s Alumni Memorial Park. Approximately 8,200 graduating students will receive degrees. Four honorary degrees will be awarded as well to Christopher, USC alumnus Jon Huntsman Sr., civil rights activist Rosa Parks and philanthropist Flora L. Thornton.

In addition, the university’s baccalaureate service will air live from USC’s Bovard Auditorium on the Pacific Bell Digital TV Network, Thursday, May 13, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Rabbi Susan Laemmle, USC’s dean of religious life, will conduct the nondenominational service.

The Internet address for the webcast is Software needed to view the webcast can be downloaded at that site, and preview material is already available there.

The Tele-TV network is available throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. For more information, call 877-4-TELETV. For further information on LA Channel, call (213) 368-2372 or point your browser at

USC first sent images of its spring commencement over the Web in 1995. In 1997, USC was the world’s first university to provide a complete audio and video webcast of its commencement.

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