Tears and smiles as parents pen bittersweet letters to new students

The notes of pride and encouragement will be delivered to the students after classes get underway.

August 18, 2016 David Sprague

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It’s a USC tradition that can bring some parents to tears — literally. Amid the frenzy of Move-in Day, parents are invited to write a letter to their new Trojan, which will be delivered after classes begin. It’s a time for thoughtful reflection, words of encouragement, and enough emotion to fill the Coliseum. Take a look at some of this year’s proud letter-writers.