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New USC grad had meager beginnings but plenty of drive
New USC grad had meager beginnings but plenty of drive

There are journeys and there are journeys. Nana Numapau's has been long. He was born in a village in Ghana. He just earned a graduate degree in Los Angeles. He came here in 2001 at age 19 and worked for years before taking his first class. He hawked shuttle bus rides at LAX. He sold electronics at Best Buy. He scraped and scrambled and sometimes barely managed. On Friday, as president of his class at the USC School of Pharmacy, he stood on a stage and delivered a commencement address. "I keep pinching myself to make sure this is truly happening," he told his 177 classmates. Cheering him on as he received his doctor of pharmacy degree were his mother's sister and...

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