USC President C. L. Max Nikias walks outside the Capitol on April 26. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)


USC 2017 | Say it with pictures: Our favorite images of the year

? Year in review: Our gallery takes a look at some of the photographs of 2017 that we can’t forget — from the USC campuses to athletic venues to a president in Washington (Third in a 10-part series)

December 23, 2017 Susanica Tam, David Medzerian

From selfies to Instagram to Pinterest, we’re bombarded with images — and then there are the ones that really make you stop and smile. Take a look at some of our favorite photographs from 2017 and see what you think.

In like a lion

USC basketball player seated against backdrop of fans at SMU game
No. 11 seed USC upsets No. 6 seed SMU in the first round of the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

The USC men’s basketball team pulled off an unexpected 66-65 win over SMU as March Madness got underway. Here, Jordan McLaughlin takes a break from the action.

The president, in Washington

C. L. Max Nikias in D.C
USC President C. L. Max Nikias walks outside the Capitol on April 26. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

The USC delegation’s annual trip to Washington took on new urgency this year, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias and other university leaders discussing the impacts of the Trump administration’s travel ban, expressing their opposition to a number of deep cuts in the proposed federal budget and expressing support for DACA students.

Spring on campus

Students studying in hammocks in McCarthy Quad
Spring on campus (USC Photo/Chris Shinn)

There’s nothing quite like kicking back and enjoying a beautiful day on the University Park Campus.

From a surprise visitor …

Oprah Winfrey with Annenberg students
A surprise visitor to class on April 21. (USC Photo/Alan Mittelstaedt)

So this happened: Oprah Winfrey made a stealthy visit to check out a broadcast journalism class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

…to just being surprised

clowning workshop
The USC Summer Programs’ new course on “Comedy Performance” proves to be a laugh. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC’s Summer Programs give high schoolers a taste of college life. From comedy to criminal justice, the programs give teens experience to help them decide on a major or even a career.

Beach volleyball FTW

USC beach volleyball jubilation
USC’s women’s beach volleyball team wins its third consecutive NCAA national championship after defeating Pepperdine in Gulf Shores, Ala. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

There’s nothing like the thrill of victory, and it’s a feeling this team knows for sure: The women’s beach volleyball pulled off the three-peat.

More running!

Students with collegiate crest running into pep rally
The McCarthy Honors Residential College at USC Village welcomed its first residents. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The residential colleges at USC Village opened for business. Among the new arrivals: this spirited bunch of freshmen.

New beginnings

Move in day with Diana Perez
Diana Perez says goodbye to her mother after moving in at USC. (Photo/Stella Kalinina)

The start of a new school year means plenty of “hellos” — and often one very poignant “goodbye.”

Taking care of business

putting out fires
Participants try out emergency equipment at the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 21. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Safety comes first at campus events — even ones where open fires are part of the planned activities.

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concert-goers for B-52s
The crowd enjoys the B-52s concert on McCarthy Quad on Oct. 12. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

Trojan Family Weekend kicked off with a lively concert by The B-52s. Invited were faculty, staff, alumni, students and parents (sometimes to the chagrin of their children).

Parting shot

Kaufman dancers onstage
USC Kaufman students dance in Barak Marshall’s “Monger” at the BFA Fall Repertory Performance. (Photo/Carolyn DiLoreto)

Bring on 2018!


See more of our 10-part year-end package, which continues through Dec. 31.