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1935 USC graduation photo at Coliseum
In 1935, faculty and graduating students gathered at the Coliseum to celebrate commencement. (Photo/Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Collection 1429. Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.)

USC Commencement at the Coliseum: Vintage Photos from 1924 to 1950

As Trojan 2020 and 2021 grads get ready to walk at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, join us in our wayback machine. See how decades’ worth of Trojans celebrated at the stadium

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Coliseum dedication
USC and community leaders cutting the ribbon are, from left, USC football coach Clay Helton, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Simpkins of the U.S. Navy Reserve, City Councilman Curren Price, County Supervisor Janice Hahn, USC President Carol L. Folt, Mayor Eric Garcetti, USC athletic director Lynn Swann and United Airlines’ Mark Krolick and Janet Lamkin. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC, L.A. leaders reintroduce the renovated Coliseum

The completed $315 million project — funded via private donations, including United Airlines’ naming gift — prepares the stadium for its next 100 years.