Nothing demonstrates USC’s student-centered focus better than commencement, our annual celebration of student excellence, achievement and personal growth. The Class of 2023 is bursting with inspiring stories, including that of the Shute triplets, who will go their separate ways for the first time after receiving their undergraduate degrees from USC. A group of Latina PhD students, all the first in their families to earn doctoral degrees, share how they built their own community of mutual support and encouragement. Our valedictorian continued to run the after-school STEM education nonprofit she’d founded in high school while co-founding another nonprofit during her undergraduate years that focused on health equity for unhoused people — all while earning her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Please see below for some of these exciting stories.
Moments in time: USC’s 140th Commencement
For the first time in 21 years, Trojan triplets will go their separate ways
Ireland, Kala and Smith Shute have rarely been apart. That will change after commencement. It’s a bittersweet milestone in the triplets’ journey.
With operatic flourish, activist Dolores Huerta and younger cousin receive USC doctorates on same day
Hers is an honorary degree; his is a doctorate of musical arts. The conferral is a prelude to an operatic interpretation of Huerta’s remarkable life, which the composer calls “a microcosm of loss and perseverance.”