Finally, USC's best student, Asna Tabassum, gets what's coming to her

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the inspiring image of a cheerful Asna Tabassum, USC's 2024 valedictorian, on the cover of your May 11 print edition. (“USC's silenced valedictorian took the stage and the crowd's reaction was anything but silent,” May 10)

To all the forces of violence and hate that tried to suppress her voice, and to the embodiments of cowardice in the USC administration who refused to defend her and instead canceled her commencement speech: you have lost. Tabassum's example of bravery and her call for justice have gone around the world.

Laurie Brand, Los Angeles

The writer is professor emeritus of political science, international relations and Middle Eastern studies at USC.


To the editor: My son graduated from USC this weekend after four years of hard work.

I would like to recognize and thank the Los Angeles Police Department, university leadership, and most importantly, the USC staff for providing a safe, meaningful, and high-quality event focused on student achievement.

This has been a difficult and uncertain time, and my family and I greatly appreciate USC's careful decision-making, thoughtful planning, and support for students.

Jan Nimick, Templeton, California.


TO the editor: Graduation ceremonies are meant to affirm a monumental milestone in an individual's life. Not everyone can afford the opportunity to receive higher education.

It is incredible that acts against humanity in another part of the world can have such a profound impact on a national level.

Wayne E. Williams, Camden, New Jersey

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