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2009 Commencement Address

…seriously, President Sample, trustees, faculty, family, friends and graduates, it is a tremendous privilege to stand before you this morning. There’s nothing that I enjoy more than celebrating great achievements….

2014 Commencement Address

…The 9-0. Probably was. Might have been a late night at my fraternity house. It probably was. It might have been many things, but I really don’t remember my graduation….

2002 Commencement Address

…translation. For those of you who have not exactly prospered academically, let me give you a second bit of good news – you are being addressed by someone who was…

Annual Address to the Faculty 2005

…time to regroup and build strong defenses, which make it extremely difficult, and perhaps even impossible, for the victorious general to annihilate his enemy. Admittedly it’s a bit of a…

Annual Address to the Faculty

…just racially and ethnically diverse, but culturally and economically diverse as well. We want students at USC who represent a wide range of interests, opinions, backgrounds, and ambitions. We also…

2008 Commencement Address

…As a guy who knows a little something about thrill rides, you can trust me on this. It’s about to get really interesting… maybe a bit scary… and truly exhilarating…

2013 Commencement Address

…some of the names and think, how can this guy’s stories possibly apply to me? Yet I truly believe these two experiences apply to absolutely anyone and anything you want…

Southern California’s Hidden Industry

…between USC and UCLA is simply intense rivalry at every turn. Certainly it is exactly that on the football field and on the basketball court. But USC and UCLA are…

2004 Commencement Address

…resolved at one time, and, thus, permanently fix the course of your life. Many of the most important choices one must make emerge slowly, sometimes obscurely. Often, they are choices…

1998 Annual Address to the Faculty

…the 21st century, especially at an elite university like USC where most of the undergraduates will inevitably go on to some form of highly-specialized postgraduate work. I’ve been working hard…

Revitalizing Professional Education for the Next Century

…men only partially, or through one faculty; and that you must take the whole society to find the whole Man. Man is not simply a farmer, or a professor, or…

2010 Commencement Address

…in the final analysis, fully and completely human, with all the unsettling and uncomfortable characteristics which that word connotes. We are as fully human, and no more human, than our…

2012 Commencement Address

…will face the need to stand up for somebody who’s being unfairly, unjustly, immorally oppressed. We have to stand up, we have to protest, we have to resist, we have…

State of the University Address

…to USC back in 1990, everyone kept telling us about something called “the Trojan Family.” We thought at first it was just a bit of inconsequential mythology. But early on…

State of the University Address

…the fundraising process itself. Trojan Family First, let me elaborate on why the Trojan Family served as a key factor in the campaign. The Trojan Family includes not just our…

Annual Address to the Faculty

…Machiavelli’s Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy’s History of the Roman Republic?” And I said, “No, frankly, I haven’t.” He said, “Well, you really ought to read it….

The Research University of the 21st Century: What Will it Look Like?

…you choose USC as one of only two universities on your book tour?” Bill responded matter-of-factly, “Because USC is where the communication revolution is actually happening.” It was a wonderful…

In Your Hands a Sacred Trust

…It is especially difficult to develop truly excellent governing boards in the public sector, because most public university trustees are selected and appointed through processes that are nakedly political. But…

USC Phi Beta Kappa Induction

…first to allow your mind to contemplate really outrageous ideas, and only subsequently apply the constraints of practicality, practicability, legality, cost, time, and ethics. As with thinking gray, thinking free…

Annual Address to the Faculty

…USC and its partner institutions have recently completed, or will soon be completing, 32 new buildings which will provide nearly six million square feet of new space for research, teaching,…