University of Southern California


While the focal point of Commencement 2015 is the main ceremony on Friday morning, there are many activities earlier in the week. Chief among these are the Baccalaureate Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, May 14.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Taking place in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday, May 14, the university’s Baccalaureate Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. and runs about one hour. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests.

The 2015 ceremony will include the participation of numerous university dignitaries, as well as the religious directors who work with our student groups adds luster to the occasion. The service itself features music and readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and concludes 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, and the 1,200 available seats always fill up quickly. Students do not need to wear regalia for the ceremony.

The highlight from the 2014 ceremony was the address given by Rainn Wilson

2014 Baccalaureate Speaker

Rainn Wilson

Baccalaureate Dinner

Reservations for the 2015 dinner will open in February 2015

Baccalaureate is followed by a festive dinner for graduates and their families. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and hosts 1,200 students and families under an enormous canopy.

The cost is $40.00 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 ten (i.e. if you buy eleven tickets, we will have to split your party among two adjacent tables).

Cancellations may be made at any time, but we can only offer full refunds through April 10. Cancellations made between April 13 and April 24 will be given a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after April 24, 2015.

Click here for a list of previous Baccalaureate speakers!