FAQ for Guests

Baccalaureate Ceremony and Dinner: Thursday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m.

Commencement: Friday, May 13th with processional at 8:30 a.m. and ceremony starting at 9:00 a.m.

Don’t forget you can also download the USC Commencement app for free in the App Store for either iPhone or Android users by searching either ‘USC Commencement’ or ‘USC Grad’.


How do I know if my son/daughter is graduating?
Your child will need to check their status with Degree Progress.

Do students have to sign up for Commencement?
There is no sign-up process for participation in the main ceremony. As long as you’re on track to graduate in Fall, Spring or Summer of this academic year, you can march in the main ceremony without any registration process. Individual schools may require registration depending on the space available for guests; please check your school’s page.

When does the graduate need to arrive on campus on Commencement Day?

In order to walk in the Commencement procession, you only need to show up on Friday, May 13 by 8 a.m. to get in line with the other graduates from your school. It is recommended you arrive on campus by 7 a.m. as parking and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

When should guests arrive on Commencement Day?
The procession begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony at 9:00 a.m., but we recommend guests arrive by 7:00 a.m. to secure parking and seating. Those who arrive by 6:00 a.m. will have an easier time parking and finding seating.

Will wheelchairs be available for disabled guests?
Wheelchairs are available for checkout from 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on commencement day only. There is a limited number of wheelchairs available for checkout, free of charge, behind Leavey Library on West 34th Street. If you need a wheelchair on Thursday, or on Friday after 5:00 p.m., you will need to bring your own.

Does USC have any travel recommendations?
STA Travel is the official travel agency for commencement and can be reached at 1 – (800) 495-5830. They have negotiated discounted rates with airlines, hotels and rental cars. We recommend that you contact them early to arrange for your travel needs.

I’m an international student, and I need a letter from USC to invite my parents for Commencement. How can I get it?
Talk to the Office of International Services in the Student Union (STU 300).

What is the Baccalaureate Ceremony? Are all students, families and guests invited to attend?

Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith 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 readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and conclude with a benediction over the graduating students.

A dinner for graduates and their families follows the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Reservations will be available online through this website. Space is limited and last year’s dinner filled to capacity, so we urge you not to delay in making your reservation. This is a pre-paid event, $40 per person, seated in tables of ten. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.