USC held its 103rd spring graduation ceremony Friday in Alumni Memorial Park.
Degrees: USC President James H. Zumberge conferred degrees on 6,426 students, including 3,056 undergraduate, 2,467 master's, 295 doctoral and 608 professional candidates.
Speakers: Dr. David A. Hamburg, president of Carnegie Corp. of New York, said, ". . . The work of the future, especially at an advanced or professional level, is likely to require a great deal of flexibility; not just one set of skills acquired early and essentially good for life, but rather an evolving body of knowledge and new opportunities calling for greatly modified skills. Successful participation in a technically based and interdependent world economy will require that we have a more skillful and adaptable work force than ever before. Lifelong learning is no longer a desirable luxury; it is a vital economic necessity." Also addressing the graduates was valedictorian Samuel James Wang, an electrical engineering major.
Dr. Hamburg, doctor of science, "an intellectual and inspirational force in the health sciences."
Dr. Werner Arber, professor of microbiology, Biozentrum der Universitat Basel, Switzerland, doctor of science. Co-winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology, "he dug deeply into the uncharted regions of molecular genetics."