USC plans to host in-person debuts in May for classes of 2020 and 2021

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As the pandemic eases, USC announced Thursday that it will host in-person debut ceremonies this spring for classes of 2020 and 2021, allowing students to celebrate this happy rite of passage in the classic way.

Students, dressed in hats and gowns, will walk across the stage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, hear their names read, receive their diplomas and have their photos taken while being projected onto the stadium screens. Plans were underway to bring other characteristic elements of the traditional Troy ceremony: the marching band, the release of doves and a colorful cloud of cannon-fired confetti into the air.

“After all this time, we’ll finally be together again,” tweeted USC President Carol L. Folt, breaking the news.

The news quickly sparked enthusiastic reactions on social media: heart emojis, tears of joy and enthusiastic messages: “THIS NEWS JUST MAKES MY WHOLE DAY !!” “And” WE GO UP! “

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