USC’s 2024 MSHRM Graduates Receive Lessons of Leadership

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USC Bovard College graduates gather at the University Park Campus for Commencement.
Photo: Stella Kalinin

Graduates of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program, along with their families, friends, and peers, gathered on USC’s University Park campus to celebrate commencement on May 10, 2024. Over 200 MSHRM graduates, spanning across 22 states, work across the human resources function in companies such as: Amazon, LinkedIn, Macy’s, Meta, Target, The Walt Disney Company, and more.

Dean Anthony Bailey set the tone for the joyous occasion by assuring the graduates that they are prepared to lead in their various industries. He also recognized the distinguished accomplishments of Bovard College’s inaugural winner of the Order of the Laurel and the Palm, Miguel Lima; the Order of Arête winners, including MSHRM graduate Jorge Hernandez; as well as faculty members who received awards for excellence in student mentoring, faculty mentoring, teaching, and service and leadership.

Bailey then introduced this year’s commencement speaker, Bovard College professor Tiffany Danko. With nearly 30 years of applied experience, Danko is a professional in emergency management, maritime and homeland security, intelligence, and international affairs. Throughout her speech, she reflected on her experience as Rear Admiral in the US Coast Guard Reserve when she had to take charge and make decisions in critical moments. She emphasized the lessons of leaders to the graduates – encouraging them to “build the bench, lead from the front, and be the example that others want to follow”. She also reminded the graduates that they have what it takes to be the leaders we need.

Whether graduates are experienced HR professionals or career changers, they are armed with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders. Throughout the MSHRM program, students examine core HR principles, along with the full spectrum of human capital management concepts, including talent acquisition and retention, employee motivation, change management, and organizational culture. 

The online MS in Human Resource Management program at USC Bovard College is designed to fit students’ schedules and 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 ceremony here.

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