Commencement 2021: How the USC Libraries Are Celebrating the Achievements of the USC Community


As the University of Southern California prepares for its 2021 commencement ceremonies on May 14-21, the USC Libraries are celebrating the intellectual and creative achievements of the USC community with several online events.

On Wednesday, May 12, at 12:30 p.m., the libraries host the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study induction ceremony. Founded in 2011 within the USC Libraries, the academy encourages integrated interdisciplinary investigation through encounters with eminent scholars, artists and professional practitioners. Each year, it inducts new fellows—students, faculty, and other participants—who have completed a required series of meetings over the course of their academic tenure at USC.

Later that afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Phi Kappa Phi initiation ceremony will honor new members of the university's oldest honor society. Emily Hodgson Anderson, dean of undergraduate education at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, will deliver the keynote address. The libraries are the administrative home to the USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

And then on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m, the libraries join with the USC Marshall School of Business in celebrating the most recent graduates of USC's Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program at the MMLIS commencement celebration. Executive coach and consultant DeEtta Jones, founder of DeEtta Jones and Associates, will be the keynote speaker. The MMLIS program is a joint venture of the libraries and USC Marshall.