Welcome Pinning and Affirmation Ceremony—A USC Black Alumni welcome for all newly admitted Black students is held every August in the beautiful rose gardens of Argue Plaza. Noted USC Black Alumni, faculty and staff provide historical context regarding the legacy of USC’s Black Trojans. The ceremony concludes with alumni and parents “pinning” newly inspired Trojans with the symbols naming the attributes of the successful Trojan Scholar.
Trojan Legends Homecoming Weekend Celebration—BAA alumni host a weekend mixer, tailgate and celebration of Black Alumni Trojan legends each year, concluding with the USC Homecoming football game. Over 400 Trojans connect at this event, which features networking opportunities, delicious food and good times! Past honorary chairs have included such all-time great USC athletes as Anthony Davis, Cheryl Miller, Michael Cooper, Allyson Felix and Cynthia Cooper! Ticket packages are available in addition to tickets for individual events. Proceeds benefit the USC BAA Scholarship Fund.
BAA’s Holiday Mingle—This invitation-only event is a great way to ring in the semester break, as well as an important opportunity for BAA Scholars and students to meet and network with their mentors, faculty and BAC members.
Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit (ABEHE)—A highly regarded networking and informational conference, ABEHE features a wide range of distinguished presenters, including USC faculty and alumni, as well as community partners and special guests. Usually held in Marina del Rey, this daylong conference provides an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to build relationships and strengthen professional networks. ABEHE is a ticketed event (free admission for students).
The BAA Scholarship Benefit—This annual event honors important contributions to diversity and inclusion that align with the BAA mission. Although the event format and/or venue varies each year, the scholarship benefit always recognizes outstanding USC Black Alumni and noted civic leaders. Past scholarship benefits have included a celebration of the work of groundbreaking Black architect Paul Williams (USC Class of 1919), as well as such stage productions as Speak of Me as I Am (the story of Paul Robeson) and The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama, a multimedia presentation featuring USC Thornton School of Music professor Ron McCurdy and actor/musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
EVENT NAME?—Prior to the African American Cultural Celebration (USC “Black Grad”), BAA offers a toast to the success of BAA Scholars at this invitation-only event.