Recognizing the Accomplishments of USC’s 2024 Hospitality and Tourism Graduates

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USC Bovard College Class of 2024 graduates gather at the University Park Campus for Commencement.
Photo: Stella Kalinina

On May 10, 2024, graduates of the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism (MSHT) program gathered on the USC University Park campus to celebrate commencement with their families, friends, and peers. The graduates work across the country in the hospitality and tourism field, in hotels, food and beverage, and more.

Dean Anthony Bailey opened the ceremony by recognizing the incredible accomplishments of the Order of Arête winners, including MSHT graduate Summer Abou-Rass; the inaugural Bovard College winner of the Order of the Laurel and the Palm; and the faculty members who won awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

This year’s commencement speaker was USC Bovard College Professor Tiffany Danko. In her speech, Professor Danko spoke about leadership and her experience as a rear admiral for the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. She spoke about leading from the front, preparedness, and building a strong team. “What a gift to be invested in, believed in, guided through feedback, strengthened by mentors and peers. And if you have felt this, you know how important it is to build people up. That’s what leaders do.”

Many of the 2024 graduates work in the hospitality and tourism industry; however, USC’s MS in Hospitality and Tourism also provides a valuable foundation for people looking to change careers and enter the field. Students explore many concepts needed for excellence in the hospitality and tourism field,  including globalization, diversity, innovation, sustainability, and ethical practices. Courses also prepare students to lead and innovate through disruption.

Designed to fit students’ schedules, the online MS in Hospitality and Tourism program is offered on both a one- and two-year track. At 24 units, the program can be completed in just 12 months for students in the one-year track. No GRE is required, and students have their choice of three enrollment dates each year.

Watch the 2024 commencement ceremony here.

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