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USC President C. L. Max Nikias visits a classroom of 8th graders studying plant cell structure during the Neighborhood Academic Initiative Saturday Academy. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

Nikias shares his own story and encouraging words with pupils in USC’s unique college prep program

The university president makes a surprise visit to students and families participating in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, which helps children who live near USC get ready for college.

UNICEF ball
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, UNICEF Chair Ghada Irani, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern and honoree David Beckham, from left, attend the Sixth Biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Jan. 12. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)

UNICEF honors USC president with Spirit of Compassion Award

C. L. Max Nikias is recognized for encouraging students to be philanthropic, globally minded and informed of the issues that affect children. David Beckham is also honored.