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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years


On Friday, the grounds of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were filled with USC graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 as they participated in the first of 14 USC commencement ceremonies.

About 1,500 students celebrated their graduation ceremony on Friday morning, and a total of 21,000 will participate in opening ceremonies twice a day for seven days. Students were eight feet apart on the field, and spectators were left behind in the stands of the Colosseum, which last hosted a launching ceremony for USC in 1950.

Maria Zamora disinfects the Colosseum chairs before the opening ceremony.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Empty chairs are ready in the Colosseum before the opening ceremony.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Roland Azerin, a master’s graduate from the Keck School of Medicine, sits with the rest of his graduating class in the socially remote setting.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

A graduate on a video call with family and friends before the opening ceremony.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Emily Hernandez, left, Gisela Gonzalez and Johanna De Silva, all with masters in medical assistant practice, take a selfie.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Megan McDuffee, left, repairs Hayley Bry’s belt. Both graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, the first black Valedictorian in USC history, addresses her fellow graduates.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Students were eight feet apart on the field and spectators were distant in the stands.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Aleeson Eka, left, Josephine Nwokedi and Lawrence Rolle show off their double degrees as all have MD and Masters degrees from Keck School of Medicine and Marshall School of Business.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Jacqueline Chu, left, Marissa Kuo and Deborah Madelon, all with master’s degrees in medical assistant practice, signal family in the stands.

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Photos: First USC diploma at the Colosseum in 71 years

Jia (Tina) Huiting, left, photographs Karishma Chhugani after graduating with a master’s degree in pharmaceutical science from the Keck School of Medicine.

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