2022 Class of MSHRM Graduates Encouraged to ‘Create Opportunities for All’

May 14, 2022

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USC Bovard College graduates gather at the University Park Campus for Commencement.
Credit: Stella Kalinina

For the first time since 2019, graduates of the USC Bovard College Master of Science in Human Resource Management program gathered together with their friends and family on the USC campus to celebrate commencement. With 235 graduates representing 25 states and countries, this is Bovard College’s largest graduating class yet.

The commencement speaker was Isaiah Jewett, a Master of Science in Project Management alumnus who competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He spoke about his journey to becoming an Olympian and the importance of having the spirit of a champion in all aspects of one’s life. “Regardless of the adversities life throws at me, I ‘Fight On!’ That’s a quality you can only get at one university – USC. I will be the first to tell you all that by receiving your degrees today, you are all champions with unlimited potential to be successful in any job, any major life decision, or any path you may choose.”

Dean Anthony Bailey acknowledged the challenging times during which students completed their degrees, and how that also affected their work in the human resources field. “At a time when human capital is scarce in our economy, the industry needs you more than ever to activate and grow talent by leading implementation of inclusive practices, which, of course, creates opportunities for all,” remarked Dean Bailey.

The MSHRM graduates come from diverse career backgrounds, representing all facets of the human resources profession and hailing from companies such as Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, Sephora, Marriott, and the US Military. 

USC Bovard College offers accessible master’s degree programs, developed with the online learning environment in mind. Many of the graduates started the MSHRM program at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, taking the opportunity to utilize an online education to further their career goals. For many graduates, this will be the first time they met their faculty and peers in person.

Designed to fit students’ schedules and needs, the curriculum is provided in both a one-year track 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.

Many of the 2022 graduates work as human resources professionals, however, USC’s MS in HR Management also provides a valuable foundation for people looking to change careers and enter human resources. Students explore every concept needed for success in the profession — including talent management, total rewards, performance management, learning and development, employee relations, and HR analytics. Courses also prepare students to keep pace with evolving trends around diversity and inclusion, recruiting, and technology.

Watch the 2022 commencement ceremony here.

Learn more about earning your MS in Human Resource Management from USC Bovard College.

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