An estimated 60,000 guests are expected to attend, according to USC News release. Approximately 15,000 degrees will be conferred during the ceremonies, which will take place at both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. In addition to having worked at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Bass holds a graduate degree in social work from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. “Bass has been recognized as a coalition builder in times of economic distress and divisiveness,” Austin wrote. “She is a leader for our time and a standard bearer of USC’s ideals.” Bass founded the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to influencing public policy to aid communities struggling with crime, addiction and poverty. Bass has served as a member of Congress since 2011. “Bass was sworn in to chair the Congressional Black Caucus in January and joined the U.S. Congress in 2011,” the news release read. “A lifelong Angeleno and daughter of a U.S. postal worker, Bass served as an emergency room Physician Assistant at LAC+USC Medical Center early in her career.” Bass follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, who spoke last year, and actor and alumnus Will Ferrell, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, who served as speakers in previous years. Congresswoman and Black Congressional Caucus Chair Karen Bass will deliver this year’s commencement address, USC announced Thursday. Countdown to commencement | The University announced Thursday that Congresswoman and Black Congressional Caucus Chair Karen Bass will speak at USC’s 136th annual commencement ceremony in May. (Photo from Twitter/ Karen Bass) Bass, the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, was elected to represent L.A. in the State Assembly in 2005 and became the first ever African American woman elected to the state legislative body. She currently serves as the representative for California’s 37th district, which includes USC’s main campus. In Congress, Bass has served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee. “As a prominent member of the Trojan Family, Congressmember Bass sets an outstanding example of leadership and public service for our graduating class,” Interim President Wanda Austin wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. The 136th annual commencement ceremonies will take place on May 10.
When Alfred Nelson lashed in the final goal that buried Kotoko on Sunday, fans were bemused by his…fishy reaction.Those who watched the game at the Carl Reindorf Park felt the player was simply thrilled about scoring against the mighty Porcupine Warriors. It wasn’t the sole reason.“My senior brother had called me before the game,” the defender told Joy Sports after the game. “He told me that if I scored, he was going to surprise me. But then if I don’t score, then I had to send him to our favorite tilapia joint!”And there was another pearl.”[If I didn’t score, then] I had to make the tilapia order and do everything,” Nelson said The player is Liberty Professionals’ Alfred Nelson (above, left) and according to him, a mutual love of tilapia with his brother leads to these spicy bets now and again.”I knew I was going to score because it was a challenge and anytime I do that with him, I always score. So when I was playing, I knew I was owing at the back of my mind and I needed to pay!”It’s been a tough few weeks for the youngster, who was part of Ghana’s local Black Stars team that performed poorly at the recent COSAFA Cup tournament in South Africa. The bet, and the subsequent goal, were just the hook he needed.”I was not surprised because I was desperate and hungry for a goal and it happened. So it was a good thing,” he said. It is however not clear if Liberty Professionals will be making more tilapia available to the player to get more goals out of him. That will get his seal of approval, for sure.–Follow on Twitter: Kweku @nana_odum & Gary @garyalsmith