Commencement speaker announced

The USC Office of Protocol and University Events has announced that Microsoft’s chief executive officer, Steven Ballmer, will issue the commencement address at this year’s commencement exercises.

Commencement will take place on Friday, May 13, and an estimated 40,000 guests are expected to attend as 5,000 students receive their degrees.

Ballmer will receive an honorary degree from USC at the ceremony.

Previous years’ speakers include former USC President Steven B. Sample (2010), former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2009), and Disney President and CEO Robert Iger (2008).

Those wishing to attend the exercises on May 13 are advised to arrive at 7 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Later in the day, individual schools also hold their own ceremonies.