Doves being released at USC's Commencement ceremony

Doves are released at the conclusion of the 133rd commencement. (Photo/David Sprague)


Year in review: Some beautiful, some emotional — our favorite images of the year

USC 2016 | Fourth in a nine-part series running through Dec. 31

December 26, 2016 Susanica Tam, David Medzerian

From everyday moments to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, 2016 brought unexpected twists and happy surprises. Here is a look at some of the ways the Trojan Family shared these experiences.

Hitchin’ a ride

Dad carrying daughter on shoulders
(Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

A young reader gets a lift at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April. An estimated 160,000 people turned out at the USC University Park Campus for the annual event. Mark your calendar: The 2017 festival is April 22-23.

Dance, dance, dance

dancers in front of Tommy Trojan
(USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Bodies get in motion as the USC Kaufman School of Dance kicked off “Dance On” week at USC. The school had a lot to celebrate in 2016, most notably the debut of its new home, the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

Excitement for some …

family moving in belongings
(Photo/David Sprague)

Move-in Day is a unique mix of excitement and anticipation, along with an endless list of tasks. At least one little visitor enjoyed the controlled chaos.

… and bittersweet tears for others

parents writing letters
(Photo/David Sprague)

It’s a USC tradition guaranteed to bring smiles and tears. Amid the frenzy of Move-in Day, parents are invited to write a letter to their new Trojan, which is delivered after classes begin. It’s a time for thoughtful reflection, words of encouragement and enough emotion to fill the Coliseum.

Empowering the neighborhood

crowd photo at community media event
(USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Community activist Najee Ali celebrates during the media announcement of the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone, one of several government-funded Promise Zones aimed at addressing challenges in areas affected by poverty. USC worked with partners such as Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to win approval of the designation.

Where’s Waldo?

trojan fans at coliseum
(Photo/John McGillen)

He’s not in the photo, but maybe you are. There’s certainly nothing quite like a Coliseum full of Trojan spirit.

Study, and contrast

aerial view of students in Dauterive
(Photo/Chris Shinn)

No, it’s not two photos spliced together. Here’s a unique look at students as they study in Dauterive Hall.

Serious stuff

Students watching election
(Photo/Benjamin Dunn)

The eyes of students and faculty are glued to the screen as the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a viewing of the third presidential debate. Throughout the campaign, debate viewings in Wallis Annenberg Hall drew big crowds to see the political spectacle and hear USC experts discuss what it all meant.

A time to mourn

President Nikias speaks at memorial
(USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Trojan Family comes together in good times and bad. Here, USC President C. L. Max Nikias leads students, faculty and friends in remembering Professor Bosco Tjan.

Ready to get started

grads at commencement
(USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Sure, it was Friday the 13th, but for nearly 17,000 graduates, Commencement Day was lucky nonetheless. The pomp and circumstance were in full force as the newest group of USC alums set out to change the world.

When doves fly

Doves at commencement
(Photo/David Sprague)

In a university steeped in tradition, perhaps none is as breathtaking as the release of doves during commencement. It marks the ending of the ceremony — and of the graduates’ time at USC — but also marks the beginning of a lifetime of potential.