University of Southern California

Past Commencement Speakers

Although USC did not bestow honorary degrees until 1912, the brother of USC President Marion Bovard offered a commencement address at the university’s very first ceremony in 1884. The identities of many of our earliest speakers have been lost to the ages, and from 1931 to 1942 the university had no commencement speaker. Outside of those years, even a cursory glance at the identities of past speakers will reveal a rich tradition of leadership and excellence in USC’s commencement speakers. Found on the list are governors, university presidents, humanitarians, captains of industry, and even the first man on the moon (himself a USC alumnus).

For a complete list of commencement speakers, please click here.

Past Commencement Addresses

Available to download for the years below: