President Carol Folt with several new USC students after presiding over her first convocation ceremony at USC.

Carol Folt

University of Southern California’s 12th president

“USC is a fantastic learning sandbox — your ideas will evolve with the help of thought leaders, award-winning creators and performers, writers, economists, policymakers and game-changers in every field. It’s here for all of you.”

– President Carol Folt, from her Spring 2024 convocation address

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USC recognizes Holocaust survivors who entrusted testimonies to USC Shoah Foundation

USC Life Trustee Steven Spielberg created the foundation three decades ago to preserve the stories of genocide survivors.

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Earth Month 2024

“Sustainability has been a top priority since day one,” President Folt said, “And what I found is that the USC community – especially our students – are leading the way.”

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USC President Carol Folt delivers her State of the University address in Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

State of the University: President praises campus community’s strength, grace

In the first of two addresses, Carol Folt highlights the events of the past year with an eye toward big things ahead.

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USC veterans, service members and ROTC students celebrated at 15th annual gala

“Each one of them is a remarkable profile in bravery and service and dedication,” Folt said at the start of the presentations. “In their own special ways, they honor the university and our nation.”

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USC announces new Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service

The new institute “accelerates USC’s capacity to develop effective academic leaders and to forge critical high-impact partnerships,” said President Folt.

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