At 133rd USC commencement, Oracle founder Larry Ellison urges graduates to pursue their own dreams

May 13, 2016 The traditional release of doves occurs during the 2016 USC commencement. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle Corp., grew up thinking he would move to Los Angeles, attend USC, get married and become a doctor.Many people he grew up with on the south side of Chicago expected him to do just that, he told the thousands attending USC’s 133rd commencement today on the University Park Campus.

“Over time, their dreams became my dreams. They convinced me that I should be a doctor.” Ellison attended college and took courses in pre-medicine. But he dropped out


USC President Nikias receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

May 9, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7. (Photo/Mark Von Holden)

The award honors U.S. citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was among the 100 Americans who received the 2016 Ellis Island Medals of Honor from theNational Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) on May 7.

This year marks the medal’s 30th anniversary. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony featured a significant military presence and patriotic performers as well as notable speakers, followed by a black-tie gala dinner in


LA County supervisors honor USC President C. L. Max Nikias for university’s achievements

April 12, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias accept a ‘5-Signature Scroll' in recognition of USC’s contributions to the county. With Dr. and Mrs. Nikias are (L-R): Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis, and Don Knabe. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Nikias praises county’s support of the university’s mission and looks ahead to Biotech Park as the next big partnership.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored USC President C. L. Max Nikias today with a presentation of a scroll commemorating USC’s most noteworthy accomplishments during the first five years of his administration. Scrolls are awarded to outstanding citizens of Los Angeles County in recognition of their significant contributions to the county.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas of the Second District (which includes USC’s


Annual gala honors USC veterans and ROTC students

April 1, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks at the dinner honoring USC veterans and ROTC students. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

It’s a USC tradition to honor Trojan veterans with an annual banquet; after all, USC’s relationship with the Reserve Officer Training Corps goes back decades.

This year’s event, held March 30 at The Westin Bonaventure hotel, took on special meaning as it coincided with the 100th anniversary of the creation of ROTC.

Retired Gen. David Petraeus introduces Retired Gen James Mattis at the USC veterans dinner. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)




Among those taking part in the celebration were USC President C. L.


USC community pauses to remember Steven B. Sample

March 31, 2016 The crowd applauds during Wednesday’s interfaith service in memory of Steven B. Sample. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

The midday hubbub of the USC University Park Campus took a brief pause Wednesday as several hundred students, staff, faculty and friends paused to remember Steven B. Sample, the university’s 10th president, who died Tuesday.

Sample led USC from 1991 to 2010, a period in which the university quickly rose into the ranks of the nation’s elite, launched unprecedented community service programs and increased diversity among the faculty and staff.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias remembers Steven B. Sample


USC President Nikias honored for university’s diversity efforts

March 22, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias accepts the 2016 ECEDHA Diversity Award (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored at Monday’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association Annual Conference and ECExpo, receiving the organization’s 2016 Diversity Award at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

The award is given to an organization or individual whose proactive efforts increase cultural, ethnic and gender diversity within the Electrical and Computer Engineering student body and among ECE faculty. Nikias’ recognition was based on his efforts to boost diversity across USC’s student population.

“We are pleased to


Nikias puts spotlight on diversity in annual State of the University address

February 11, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivers his State of the University Address on Feb. 11, 2016. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

‘Nobody talks at the national level about the real crisis we face as a nation’

USC will not be satisfied until the Trojan Family is united in a shared commitment to justice and equality, said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in his annual State of the University Address.

Before a packed Town and Gown today, Nikias delivered a major speech on the topic of diversity, an issue that recently has come to the fore at USC and many other top research


USC Village tops off with placing of landmark spire

January 28, 2016 Construction workers mount an American flag to the spire during the topping out ceremony marking the halfway point of construction on USC Village. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

It’s not every day that construction workers get serenaded by a live band while a crowd of VIPs admires their work.

But that was the scene at the topping out ceremony for USC Village, the $700 million r

etail-residential complex being built on the former University Village site.

About 200 guests – including university officials and friends, local dignitaries and construction partners – joined the USC Village crews today to watch the raising of the ceremonial final beam as well as the


UNICEF honors USC president with Spirit of Compassion Award

January 13, 2016 President C. L. Max Nikias accepts the UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award accompanied by event co-chair Ghada Irani, UNICEF USA president & CEO Caryl Stern, Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) alum and Paramount Pictures executive Marvin Arias and a group of current NAI students. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)

UNICEF has awarded USC President C. L. Max Nikias with the Spirit of Compassion Award for his work shaping the minds of a generation of students to be philanthropic, globally minded and informed of the issues that are affecting the world’s children.

Nikias received the award at a star-studded Jan. 12 gala at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Nikias’ co-honoree was soccer legend and UNICEF Ambassodor David Beckham, who was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award by Elton John and


USC President Nikias to chair College Football Playoff Board of Managers

January 11, 2016 USC President Nikias to chair College Football Playoff Board of Managers

The governing panel oversees business affairs of the playoff organization, including budgets, policies and operating guidelines

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced that USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been named chairman of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers. He succeeds University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor, Harvey Perlman, who will be retiring as chancellor of the university this summer.

“Dr. Nikias has been instrumental in the development and growth of the College Football Playoff,” Hancock announced in