131st Annual Commencement: Friday, May 16, 2014
Welcome to the commencement website for the University of Southern California. Commencement is an exciting time of year; this website is designed to answer all of your questions, and to help you prepare for this wonderful day. USC’s commencement consists of one main ceremony for all degree candidates and their families, followed by smaller ceremonies for individual schools and programs throughout the day. Students are officially designated graduates of the university at the first (or main) ceremony, but they do not march across a stage, receive a diploma cover, and take a photo until they attend their school’s satellite ceremony.
There is no registration required for students to march in the main ceremony, and guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that at the main ceremony each guest may only hold or reserve two additional seats. Some satellite ceremonies require tickets for guests, and that information will be noted on this website. The May Commencement Ceremony is held for students graduating in May, the previous fall (Fall 2013), or the following summer (Summer 2014). Only candidates graduating in one of those three semesters will be listed in the university’s Commencement program.