‘Use your voice’ to improve your world – Daily News

The latest crop of “Fight On!” success stories snagged their sheepskins in the sunshine on Friday, May 13.

The 2022 commencement ceremony at the University of Southern California took place on Friday at the Alumni Memorial Park, helping kick off the graduation season in Southern California.

The USC graduates – 4,627 undergraduates and 7,989 graduate students – proudly walked on campus during a warm spring morning for the school’s 139th Commencement Ceremony, picking up diplomas as more than 6,000 exuberant friends and family members looked on. Individual school ceremonies were scheduled to follow.

In-person ceremonies had been on hold during two years of pandemics, and the outdoor event welcomed “pomp and circumstance” back to the home of the Trojans. In the weeks ahead, graduation events will return to other campuses, auditoriums and football stadiums as in-person comments are celebrated.

Alumna and high-profile runner Dr. Allyson Felix delivered the commencement address. LA native Felix attended Los Angeles Baptist High School before moving on to USC; she was a record-breaking athlete at both schools. The five-time Olympian went on to win 11 medals – seven gold, three silver and one bronze.

But she didn’t just make headlines on the track. Felix, along with Alysia Montaño and Kara Goucher, drew attention to Nike’s refusal to guarantee salary protections for her pregnant athletes.

“When I talk about my experience at Nike, what was more incredible and amazing to me was the community that supported me, that told me they experienced things that were similar to mine,” she said of her time employed by the sportswear giant. “I knew what I had to do. I knew I had to use my voice, but I was scared that my voice would shake. ”

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