The University of Southern California's School of Architecture satellite ceremony took place on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Founders Park.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY SPEAKERS
Dean Milton S. F. Curry
The main University ceremony will be located at Alumni Park, facing the Doheny Memorial Library. If you intend on participating in the main ceremony, candidates for degrees are to assemble by 8 a.m. along the back side (north side) of The Von KleinSmid Center (VKC) as labeled in the assembly point map below (Assembly Point A).
Please look for School Marshals - TBD. The processional will take place at 8:30 a.m., and the commencement ceremony will start at 9 a.m., lasting about 1 hour.
Following the ceremony, the Marshals will lead you to the School of Architecture’s Satellite Ceremony at Founders Park.
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE CEREMONY
Our satellite ceremony will be held at Founders Park, where Trousdale meets Hellman Way on the north side of Bovard and the south side of Taper Hall.
The satellite ceremony will begin 11 a.m., (immediately after the main ceremony) at Founders Park (see map). This ceremony should end close to 1 p.m.
GETTING TO FOUNDERS PARK
Since many of the normal paths and shortcuts will be blocked by other commencement ceremonies and vendors, it is best to walk from Watt Hall east along Bloom Walk and turn north along Trousdale to get to Founders Park, just north of Bovard Auditorium.
If you would like to familiarize yourself with the ceremony location, the Architecture site should be set up by the evening of Thursday, May 9.
WHERE TO LINE UP (for Graduating Students)
At 10:30 a.m. or immediately following the main ceremony, please assemble at Founders Park to line up for the School of Architecture ceremony. Once at Founders Park, look for the area adjacent to the main seating (to the west). Pick up your Lineup/Reader-card at the check-in table at Founders Park.
*There is no commencement rehearsal.
Seating is available beginning at 7 a.m. and is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are not required for seating at the School of Architecture ceremony, but please be considerate and try to refrain from holding multiple/continuous rows of seats.
Rain or shine, the School of Architecture ceremony is outdoors and on a grassy field. Here are some tips for degree candidates and their guests:
- Watch out for uneven ground and tree roots. (Thin heels have the tendency to sink into the grass, so be careful.)
- Family members may want to have ball caps, sun hats, sunglasses, sunblock or other protective-wear in the event that it is particularly sunny and hot. The site is not tented.
- Trees may drop leaves.
- There is no rain contingency so look at weather reports and dress accordingly.
- A wheelchair area is available. Ask staff for assistance.
- Strollers need to be parked in the designated area south of Founders Park, closest to Bovard Auditorium.
A wheelchair area is available (ask staff for assistance on the day of). Guests who need to utilize the wheelchair area are permitted to sit with one additional guest only. The University provides other accommodations for guests with disabilities. Visit this site for more comprehensive information.
Strollers need to be parked in the stroller area south of Founders Parkby the site next to and north of Bovard.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DURING THE CEREMONY
The University’s official photographer, Grad Images will be set up to capture each degree candidate 1) before they walk onto the stage, 2) with the Dean as they walk across the stage to accept their diploma cover and 3) as they step off the stage. Grad Images will make these photographs available shortly after commencement day.
USC Architecture Student Services will contact all Degree Candidates to collect basic information needed for the Commencement ceremony. This information will be pre-printed onto the Reader Cards which will be made available to the photography vendor. On the morning of Commencement, students will have one last opportunity for any corrections.
PHOTOGRAPHY DURING THE CEREMONY
Photography is not permitted in the aisles due to fire marshal regulations. Guests who would like to take photos should exit the seating area and take photos outside of the white fencing, stage right. Ushers will escort guests back to their seats or to the other side of the fence.
NO BALLOONS OR LARGE SIGNS
Out of respect to all guests, please do not obstruct views with large signs. If guests do have items that may obstruct the views of others, please sit toward the rear of the seating area.
NO DRONES ALLOWED
At the request of the university, we must remind you that there are no drones allowed on campus during any of the ceremonies. Please let your guests know that there is a zero tolerance policy for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones, quadcopters, etc.).
- Student Regalia (caps and gowns) are available to rent, in the USC Bookstore on the third floor.
- Regalia must be returned at the conclusion of commencement exercises, to the bins outside the Bookstore. Remember, the caps, tassels, and any honor cords or stoles are yours to keep!
Undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university grade point average at the end of the Fall 2018 semester are eligible to wear the official University honor cords at commencement. Eligible students will be contacted by Student Services.
Note: Eligibility to wear honor cords is not an indication that academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after commencement.
REGALIA FOR ALL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES
Please make sure your hood color is BLUE VIOLET (and not other shades of blue or purple).
A light reception will follow the satellite ceremony at the Watt Hall Courtyard following our School Architecture Commencement Ceremony. Join us!
This is a great opportunity to introduce your guests to your professors, friends, and your work in the exhibitions.
- Watch out for uneven ground and roots as you are processing. (Thin heels could also sink into the grass, so be careful.)
- Tell family members they may want to have ball caps, sun hats, sunglasses, or other protective-wear in case it is particularly sunny and hot.
- Remind family and friends that our ceremony is outside and guest seats are not tented with minimal shading.
- Trees may drop leaves.
- There is no rain contingency so look at weather reports and dress accordingly.
To check on your commencement-related information, visit the Degree Progress website: You can review the information that will be printed in the commencement program and on your diploma, verify the handling and mailing instructions for your diploma, and review the diploma mailing address that is in the university’s database.
Grad Fest is your one-stop way to get all the information you need about commencement. All soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to stop by Grad Fest for answers to questions, or to purchase commencement-related products.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The 2019 Grad Fest will be held in the ballroom of the Tutor Campus Center (RTCC).
Taking place in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday, May 9, the university’s Baccalaureate ceremony begins at 5 p.m. and runs about one hour. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, interfaith celebration open to all students and their guests.
The highlight of the ceremony is a keynote address from a specially selected Baccalaureate speaker, as well as the participation of numerous university dignitaries and the religious directors who work with our student groups. The service itself will feature music and will conclude with a benediction over the graduating students.
There are no reservations necessary for the ceremony, but seating in Bovard Auditorium is available on a first come, first served basis. Students do not need to wear regalia for the ceremony.
View the Baccalaureate Ceremony page for more information.
The Baccalaureate ceremony is followed by a festive dinner for graduates and their families. The evening dinner on Pardee Way begins at 6:30 p.m. and requires a reservation.
The cost is $40 per person, which includes tax, gratuity and wine or other beverage. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy, but tables will be seated in groups of 10 (i.e. if you buy 11 tickets, we will have to split your party among two adjacent tables).
Reservations for the baccalaureate dinner will be taken starting mid-February.
- 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.