USC’s 2022 Project Management Graduates Encouraged to ‘Fight On!’ Through Adversity

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MSPM alumnus Isaiah Jewett delivering the 2022 Commencement speech.
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May 13, 2022, marked the first time since 2019 that graduates of the Master of Science in Project Management program gathered on USC’s University Park Campus to celebrate their academic achievement with their families, friends, and peers.

While students earned their degrees virtually, most of the over 160 eligible MSPM graduates journeyed from 19 states to take part in the ceremony. The graduates represent various industries across project management, including higher education, entertainment, construction, government, and more.

This year’s commencement speaker was Isaiah Jewett, a Master of Science in Project Management alumnus, who competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. While reflecting on how he became an Olympian, Isaiah encouraged graduates to capitalize on every opportunity that life throws at them. He spoke to graduates about the importance of having the spirit of a champion. “Regardless of the adversities life throws at me, I ‘Fight On!,’” said Jewett. “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.”

Now that students have successfully earned their master’s degrees, they are ready to put their skills to use in our ever-changing world. Dean Anthony Bailey remarked to the MSPM graduates, “As the cycle of innovation accelerates across industries, your skills are needed more than ever to successfully implement strategic projects.”

Fadi Abdelhalim, an active-duty Marine Officer, served as the USC Bovard College flag bearer. He

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MSPM graduate and banner bearer, Fadi Abdelhalim at the 2022 USC Commencement ceremony.
Photo: Stella Kalinina

decided to earn his MS degree as a way to “maximize my full potential and continue my pursuit of personal and professional growth, as well as gain enhanced industry expertise and credibility to advance in the project management field.” Not only was Fadi selected as the flag bearer, he is also one of this year’s Order of Arete recipients, the highest honor accorded to graduate students in light of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and significant contributions to the university and community.

USC Bovard College offers accessible master’s degree programs, developed with the online learning environment in mind. Many of the graduates started the MSPM program at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, taking the opportunity to utilize an online education to further their career goals.

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.

Students explore every concept needed for success in the profession – including portfolio and program management, technical project delivery, Agile, and change management. Courses also prepare students to lead in this evolving field, managing in a global context with ethical and principled leadership, and social responsibility.

Watch the 2022 commencement ceremony here.

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

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