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Austin Peay
Austin Peay’s journalism work Peay’s journalism work at USC has spanned writing, editing, on-air analysis, radio commentary and social media coverage that was picked up by national news outlets. (Photo/Ling Luo)

Multitalented grad sketches out a future in law, along with politics or maybe journalism

Along with achieving a challenging double major, political junkie, Latin scholar and sketch comedy performer Austin Peay was the first-ever politics editor for USC Annenberg Media.

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Ana Gonzalez USC graduate
Ana González recently celebrated getting her MSW degree from USC, just before her daughter graduated from Harvard University. The family is shown here after Gonzales‘ graduation from the University of La Verne in 2016. (Photo/Courtesy of Ana González)

Determination and grit helped this 59-year-old finally earn her master’s

Inspired by her children, Ana González never gave up. Now, she’s got her degree and years of college memories, including a memorable meeting with President Carol L. Folt.

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Isabella Hauptman Valedictorian
Isabella Hauptman plans to continue her studies at USC, where she will obtain her master‘s degree in applied biostatistics and epidemiology from the Keck School of Medicine of USC‘s Department of Preventive Medicine. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman focuses on health in ways big and small

Since she was 11 years old, Isabella Hauptman wanted to be an epidemiologist. Now, as she prepares to graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s 2020 valedictorian sees that field becoming more important than ever.

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Robert Nshimiyimana
Robert Nshimiyimana will continue his organic chemistry research as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School after receiving his PhD with the USC Dornsife Class of 2020. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Nshimiyimana)

USC Dornsife PhD graduate feels a responsibility to others

Deeply affected as a child by the Rwandan genocide, Robert Nshimiyimana volunteers to help the underserved, works to make compounds that may reduce harmful inflammation — and hopes one day to help his home nation reach its full, unified potential.