Due to COVID-19, this year’s in-person commencement ceremony will be postponed to a to-be-announced date.
Information about USC’s virtual celebration and conferring of degrees, which occurred on May 15, 2020, at 9:00 AM PDT, is available here.
The USC Architecture Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration occurred on May 15, 2020, at 10:00 AM PDT.
For those who could not participate live, the celebration is available to view on our YouTube channel.
- AS A DEGREE CANDIDATE, DO I NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO GRADUATE?
No application is required to participate in Commencement. All known degree candidates have been emailed a Commencement Information survey; please fill out and submit.
- DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE MAIN CEREMONY?
No, anyone may attend the main ceremony, which is held at 8:30 a.m. in Alumni Memorial Park.
- ARE TICKETS REQUIRED FOR THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE SATELLITE CEREMONY?
Tickets are not required for seating at the School of Architecture ceremony, however, we ask quests to be considerate and try to refrain from holding multiple/continuous rows of seats. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MAIN CEREMONY AND THE SATELLITE CEREMONIES?
The main ceremony is open to all undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. USC Interim President Wanda M. Austin will address the students during the main ceremony, where students will then be asked to move their tassels from the right side of their cap to the left — the traditional sign of graduation.
The satellite ceremony is an opportunity for School of Architecture degree candidates to celebrate as a group, hear remarks from Dean Milton S. F. Curry, student speakers and Keynote speaker Gabrielle Bullock, and honor each graduate as that individual walks across the stage to receive congratulations from the platform party.
- WHAT TIME SHOULD WE ARRIVE FOR THE UNIVERSITY'S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY?
The procession begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony at 9 a.m., but we recommend guests arrive by 7 a.m. to secure parking and seating.
- WHERE SHOULD WE PARK?
Parking is free on commencement day and on the day prior. However, parking is extremely limited on campus, and due to the large crowd expected at commencement, parking facilities will fill up early. Refer to the University’s recommendations: https://commencement.usc.edu/guests/transportation/
- WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES?
If you would like to drop off guests with wheelchairs on campus, please enter campus through the Royal Street Entrance (formerly Entrance #4), located on Jefferson Blvd. at the Royal Street Intersection. Guests may be dropped off behind Leavey Library on West 34th Street (wheelchair loans are available at that location). Vehicles will then be directed to park at the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD). Overflow parking will be directed to the Flower Street Parking Structure (formerly PS1) on the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard (enter the structure off of Flower Street).
There is a limited number of wheelchairs available for checkout, free of charge, behind Leavey Library on West 34th Street. Checkout begins at 6 a.m. All wheelchairs must be returned by 5 p.m.
The School of Architecture satellite ceremony will have designated seating for guests with disabilities toward stage right. Guests who need to utilize the wheelchair area are permitted to sit with one additional guest only.
- WILL THERE BE A LIVE VIDEO STREAM OF THE CEREMONY?
We will offer a live stream of the USC Architecture Commencement Ceremony. Tell friends and family who cannot join in person to watch in real time through Facebook. The feed will begin approximately 11 a.m. PST. until the close of the ceremony around 12:30-1:00 p.m. PST.
VIDEO ONLINE AFTER COMMENCEMENT
After the ceremony, the recorded version of the event will be made available by the School online.
- WHERE CAN I RENT/PURCHASE MY GAP AND GOWN?
Graduates may rent academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) in the USC Bookstore, third floor, from May 1-11. Regalia must be returned at the conclusion of commencement exercises, to the bookstore, except for the tassel, which is retained by the graduate. https://www.uscbookstore.com/commencement
Bachelor’s degree (black cap and gown only): $69.99
Master’s degree (black cap, gown and hood): $89.99
Doctoral degree (cardinal cap, gown and hood): $109.99
- HOW CAN AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GET A LETTER FROM USC TO INVITE THEIR PARENTS TO COMMENCEMENT?
The Office of International Services (OIS) at USC does not produce letters of invitation for the purpose of inviting students’ family members to visit the United States. These letters are not required by the United States Consular Offices for family members to obtain visitor visas.
As a courtesy to our students, OIS is providing a letter template for students who wish to write their own letter to invite family members to the United States. If you choose to write your own letter, it should only serve to invite primary family members (parents, grandparents, and siblings). Again, this letter is not required, and we are providing the template as a courtesy only. Along with the letter, should you choose to write it, you should include a photocopy of your most recent I-20.
Please contact OIS in Suite 101 of the Royal Street Structure if you have any further questions. They may also be reached at (213) 740-2666.