Long after they doff their robes and mortarboards, 65 members of USC’s class of 2015 will be able to return to Leavey Library and find their academic achievements inscribed on the Wall of Scholars. A May 14 ceremony inside the library’s Weingart Reading Room honored these exceptional graduates. Surrounded by the names of past honorees, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, and Skull and Dagger Society President Jerry Papazian ’77 joined hundreds of family members, friends, faculty, and staff in congratulating the students. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony and this year's honorees.
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The University of Southern California holds its 132nd annual commencement ceremony this Friday, May 15, and this week the USC Libraries host several events to celebrate the academic achievements of USC's students:
- Phi Kappa Phi initiates. Commencement season kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, with the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) initiation ceremony at the Bing Theater. Provost Michael Quick will deliver the keynote address. The USC Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which makes its administrative home at the USC Libraries, is the university's oldest fully interdisciplinary honor society.
- Academy for Polymathic Study fellows. The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducts 35 new fellows—its largest class yet—on Thursday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony takes place in the academy's quarters in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241.
- Wall of Scholars honorees. A ceremony inside Leavey Library at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, recognizes the USC graduates whose names will be etched onto the Wall of Scholars in the library's Weingart Reading Room. Created by the Skull and Dagger society in 1995, the Wall of Scholars honors students who have been awarded a national or international scholarship or have earned certain USC academic accolades.
- Master of Management in Library and Information Science graduates. The USC Libraries toast the first graduates of USC's Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program on Friday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. The reception features remarks from Valerie Sugar, who earned a master's in library science from USC and now serves on the USC Libraries Board of Councilors. The libraries partnered with the USC Marshall School of Business to launch the MMLIS program in 2013. USC Marshall will host a second reception for MMLIS graduates at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Marshall graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Galen Center.
In addition, later this month the libraries—in partnership with PKP, the USC School of Social Work, and the Undergraduate Writers Conference—are publishing USC's 2015 Outstanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) anthology. And as always, the historic Doheny Memorial Library provides the backdrop for the university's main commencement ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, in Alumni Park.
Two new interactive tutorials on the USC Libraries website help USC faculty teach their students how to avoid plagiarism and correctly cite sources. Librarians Elizabeth Galoozis, Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, and Rebecca Halpern partnered with the USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards office to produce the updated tutorials. Both include printable certificates of completion.
To encourage incoming students to explore library spaces across the campus, the USC Libraries recently sponsored a #myusclibraries Orientation Passport challenge in conjunction with USC's Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government. Click through for a list of the four winners.
Summer renovations have added fresh paint and carpeting, more collaborative workspaces, new outdoor seating, and 115 new indoor seats for studying to USC's Leavey Library. The Daily Trojan recently highlighted the renovations, which follow a USG-led student campaign for updates to the university's most-heavily trafficked library.
See the renovations yourself at two special events: a meet-and-greet with Leavey's librarians on Thursday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to noon; and a tour of the renovations beginning on Friday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. on the library's terrace.
The Getty Foundation recently awarded ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries a research grant to develop a retrospective exhibition on the Mexican-American artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, LA/LA aims to take a fresh look at vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin America art. Keep reading for more details about the exhibition.
On Thursday, May 15, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducted 23 new fellows—its largest class yet. Keep reading to learn more about the induction ceremony.
The USC Libraries' exhibition Trillion$: The Awesome Power of the Federal Reserve may have closed this past December, but it's made a lasting impression on at least one USC student. As Allison Engel writes for USC News, Brandon Chang secured an internship with the Federal Reserve after visiting the exhibition in Doheny Library. He will work this summer for the Fed's Board of Governors in Washington, DC. Read Engel's article to learn more about Chang's story.
A ceremony in Leavey Library on Thursday, May 14, honored 67 exceptional students whose names will soon be etched in glass on the Wall of Scholars in the library’s Weingart Reading Room.
Researchers can now access thousands of historical records and photographs from previously untouched collections thanks to a recent NHPRC grant to the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Newly processed collections include the records of the Christopher Street West LGBTQ pride organization, the photographs of Miles Everitt, who strongly influenced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, and photographs, invitations, and other materials from the 2006 wedding of Melissa Lopez and Teresa Wang. Keep reading for photographs and more project updates.