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Former LAPD chief, former Philharmonic music director to receive honorary USC degrees

May 14, 2010 |  7:40 am

Los Angeles’ former police chief and the former music director of the L.A. Philharmonic are among those scheduled to receive honorary doctorates Friday at USC commencement ceremonies.

Retiring USC President Steven B. Sample will deliver the keynote address as about 10,000 students receive degrees. About 40,000 people are expected to attend the various commencements ceremonies.

Students will begin lining up around 8:30 a.m. for the events in Alumni Park.

Recipients of honorable degrees include former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, former Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and former Botswana President Festus G. Mogae.

The commencement ceremonies will be webcast.

-- Richard Winton