Speaker Rainn Wilson delivers the baccalaureate address to the Class of 2014, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Board of Trustees chair John Mork ’70 MS ’12, and commencement speaker Marc Benioff ’86 and other honored guests in attendance.
On the eve of commencement day, USC welcomed actor and writer Rainn Wilson as the main speaker at the 2014 baccalaureate ceremony. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, and includes participation by numerous university dignitaries, as well as the diverse religious directors who work with student groups. The service itself features music and readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and concludes with a benediction over the graduating students.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett greet President Barack Obama during the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California.
In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC Trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education.
Spielberg presented Obama with the foundation’s prestigious Ambassador for Humanity Award, noting that the president has created an Atrocities Prevention Board, declared the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide a core national security interest, and has directed the intelligence community to institutionalize a focus on stopping genocide. He also recently appointed the first-ever special envoy to U.S. Holocaust survivors.
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Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Margaret Spellings.
During a recent visit to Dallas, TX, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias hosted a standing-room only Trojan Family Reception as they met with alumni, parents, and supporters of the university in the Dallas metropolitan area. Their itinerary during the visit to the Lone Star State included a private tour of The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at the personal invitation of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. The visit was hosted by the honorable Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education (2005 – 2009) and current president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.