USC’s 139th commencement ceremony

USC graduates smile in red robes.
Graduates stand up and cheer as their school is announced at USC’s commencement ceremony on Friday.
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Friday marks USC’s 139th commencement day. About 8,000 USC students marched under their school’s flag before receiving their degrees. The ceremony featured performances by the USC band and speeches by the valedictorian Adam Karelin, Olympian Allyson Felix and President Carol L. Folt.

Two USC graduates, both in red robes and one wearing a lei, smile at commencement.
Graduates stand up and cheer as their school is announced at USC’s commencement.
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Graduates gather under banners for USC School of Cinema Arts and USC Marshall School of Business.
Graduates enter USC’s commencement on Friday.
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A man holds a baby as a woman looks on
Simon Asono, who earned his master’s degree in urban planning, holds month-old Lucas as his wife, Olivia, looks on.
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Doves fly in front of clapping graduates at USC commencement.
Doves are released at the end of Friday’s commencement.
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A graduate wears a lei made of flowers and another made of dollar bills
Engineering major Salvatore A. Vatale wears flower and money leis at USC’s commencement.
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A view from behind several seated graduates
A graduate with a decorated cap sits with fellow students during the ceremony.
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A group of grads smiles as one takes a selfie with his cellphone
Graduates pose for a photo.
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People in robes stand on stage, including a woman who holds two fingers up
USC President Carol L. Folt flashes the Trojan victory sign alongside Rick Caruso, president of the Board of Trustees and an L.A. mayoral candidate, and 11-time Olympic medalist and USC alum Allyson Felix, who delivered the keynote address.
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A crowd in caps and gowns cheers, some holding roses.
New USC graduates celebrate.
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