Trojans Spring Forward: Spring 2023

Commencement Slide
140th Commencement Ceremony

May 18, 2023

Dear Trojans,

Looking out from the platform during USC’s 140th Commencement ceremony last week gave me a bird’s-eye view of our Trojan Family’s incredible cohesion and momentum.

A celebration of that magnitude – with 13 pre-commencement events, graduation exercises across our campuses at our 22 schools and the main ceremony at UPC, and 20,521 degrees and certificates conferred – requires teams of dedicated Trojans and hundreds of hours of work. I’d like to extend my gratitude to the students, faculty, staff and alumni who came together to make this year’s events the remarkable success we all enjoyed.

During my commencement remarks, I encouraged our graduates to pause every time they pick up a cell phone; go to a movie; watch a debate; count medals at the Olympics, the Grammys, Emmys or Oscars; learn about new things happening in space; read about new treatments for blindness, Alzheimer’s or cancer; look for the sustainability symbol on a package; and so much more – and reflect upon their fellow Trojans who made it all possible.  

Trojans excel in the arts, in the sciences, in technology, in athletics, in scholarship, in research — in every field of human — because we are, at our heart, a community of dreamers and bold thinkers. We’re also a community of doers — with the drive to achieve amazing things together. Most importantly, we’re active in the world with our scholarly and creative endeavors — from opening our new Capital Campus in Washington, D.C., to expanding our Street Medicine teams here in Los Angeles — providing acts of service and consequence that further our democracy and improve our communities.

As one of the world’s leading research universities, USC has the breadth, power and the responsibility to spur new inventions and ethical innovations for the good of humanity.Reflecting upon the past semester, we’ve been fortunate to share many milestones that continue to lead us in that positive direction. 

The links below touch upon the scholarship, athleticism, ethical behavior and community spirit that fuel those collective successes – and drive future promise that benefits the world.

As we conclude this academic year and prepare for another, I hope you’ll take a moment to see exciting highlights and read incredible stories of Trojans everywhere who are making their mark.

Have a wonderful summer, and I can’t wait to see you all again in the fall.

Fight On!

Carol L. Folt

Blue microchips image glowing with the USC logo in the center.

New Initiatives Expand USC’s Impact

A series of exciting new initiatives launched this spring, expanding and enhancing our university in myriad ways.

USC alumnus Ke Huy Quan holds his Academy Award.

Our Faculty, Students and Alumni: Achievements and Recognitions

Across the university, our faculty and students continue to soar across all fields.

USC alumna and Olympian Allyson Felix stands smiling on the new USC track and field renamed Allyson Felix Field.

Trojan Student-Athletes Excel in Sports and in the Classroom

Our Trojan Athletics teams continued their long history of success throughout the spring semester, culminating with many personal bests, award winners, and conference titles and another national championship.

A visitor to the USC Fisher Museum of Art views an art installation representing coral reef ecosystems and resilience in the face of rising water temperatures.

Assignment: Earth Pushes Sustainability Across Our Campuses

The mission continues — Assignment: Earth gained further momentum this spring in a variety of areas.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, performers wearing traditional outfits of red bottoms and white tops while dancing at an opening event on campus at USC.

Thriving in the Diversity of the Trojan Family

USC’s many affinity groups build community and belonging, and further our continuing efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their special celebrations illustrate how USC is truly a community of communities.

Headshots of new leadership at USC for the 2022-23 academic year.

New Faces and New Roles

This spring semester saw the leadership team of USC evolve to meet this pivotal moment for both USC and the wider higher education community.

Children sitting hold up the two-finger USC "fight on" salute while celebrating the opening of new facilities that include a USC-run preschool and housing for homeless veterans and their families.

USC and the Community: Working Hand-in-hand

USC’s ambitions extend far beyond the perimeter of our campuses; the university is an active partner in all our local neighborhoods.

USC 2023 valedictorian Isha Sanghvi poses for a photo in front of Doheny Library on campus.

Commencement: The Ultimate Trojan Celebration

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.