At convocation ceremony, new Trojans officially begin their USC journey

August 19, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivers his convocation speech. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Keli Lynch looked for her daughter in a sea of black gowns.

“I always cry,” she said, but today she was hoping to keep dry eyes.

Standing by the flags at Von Kleinsmid Center, she listened as USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed the Class of 2020 at the school’s annual convocation.

Lynch’s daughter Danielle Festa was one of nearly 4,000 freshmen and transfer students sitting in front of Doheny Library, about to embark on her journey at USC.

“We are so excited


Move-in Day means big changes, excitement as campus comes to life

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and wife Niki C. Nikias, left, greet parents and students. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Forget cardinal or gold, at least this one time. Orange was the color of the day on the USC University Park Campus, with those familiar orange bins meaning one thing: Move-in Day. Thousands of new and returning students converged on Trojan territory Wednesday, getting settled before fall semester classes begin Monday. Take a look at some of the sights of the day.

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Mexican delegation visits USC to discuss cooperative programs

July 11, 2016 C. L. Max Nikias speaks with Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, right, during a visit from a delegation of senior Mexican officials July 7. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, hosted a senior delegation of officials from Mexico on campus yesterday to discuss USC’s growing relationship with the country. Led by Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, the group also included Paulo Carreño King, undersecretary for North America and Carlos García de Alba, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles.

“We have made a concerted effort to create closer bonds with Mexican


USC President Nikias honored by Greek academic institutions

May 31, 2016 President C. L. Max Nikias received an honorary degree from the University of Piraeus in Greece. (Photo/Courtesy of the University of Piraeus)

President Nikias receives two honorary degrees and is inducted into the Academy of Athens
USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been honored by three leading Greek academic institutions during his current trip to the country.The president was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Crete on May 17.

He was inducted into the Academy of Athens, the nation’s leading research institution, on May 24.

The next day he was issued an honorary degree from the University of Piraeus, based in the


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