University of Southern California

USC Commencement

133rd Annual Commencement: Friday, May 13, 2016

To view the ‘Graduation 101: A guide to the 2016 Commencement’ presentation, please click here.

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

Click here to see photos of the 132nd Annual Commencement

Click here to see the 2015 Baccalaureate Ceremony

Satellite Ceremonies

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 2015), or the following summer (Summer 2016). Only candidates graduating in one of those three semesters will be listed in the university’s Commencement program.

USC’s Commencement ceremonies will occur rain or shine, but some outdoor ceremonies will not be covered. The main ceremony will still take place in Alumni Park. We can allow for ponchos but unfortunately umbrellas are not permitted at the ceremonies. If you have an specific questions regarding school’s Satellite ceremonies, please contact your school directly. Additionally, you may want to refer to your school’s individual web pages to monitor any updates as they become available at



We are excited to announce this year’s Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients!

To access a downloadable PDF version of the 2015 Information Packet, please click here.

Graduates, make sure you check your mailing address online: log in to your OASIS account through myUSC, click on Other Services, and then click on Change of Address.

The official USC Commencement app is now available for download! It’s packed with all the information on ceremony and reception times and locations and a complete map of all Commencement events.

Download from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. Search your app store for “USC Grad” or “USC Commencement”. Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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