University of Southern California

Special Celebrations

There are several special celebrations that take place prior to Commencement Day:

Senior SCend Off (NOT YET UPDATED FOR 2016)
Wednesday, April 27, 2015
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Argue Plaza
A free BBQ for the Class of 2016, hosted by the Alumni Association

Lavender Celebration
Sunday, May 1, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Argue Plaza
LGBTQ and ALLY graduates should register and guests should RSVP by clicking here (LINK NOT YET UPDATED FOR 2016)

Wednesday, May 11

Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony
1:30 p.m.
Bing Theater
Invitation-only ceremony honoring new Phi Kappa Phi honor society faculty and student initiates.

Thursday, May 12

Student Recognition Awards Ceremony
Bovard Auditorium
Invitation-only ceremony. Awards presented include The Order of Troy, The Order of Areté, and The Order of the Laurel and the Palm.

Wall of Scholars Ceremony
3:00 p.m. Leavey Library, Weingart Reading Room
Invitation-only ceremony and reception hosted by the Skull and Dagger Society.

USC Athletics Graduate Celebration
2:00 p.m. Galen Center
Invitation-only ceremony for graduating athletes.

Sol Price School of Public Policy Academic Awards Ceremony
3:30 p.m. Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom

5:00 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

African American Cultural Celebration
8:00 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
(213) 740-8257

Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration
8:00 p.m.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom
Graduates should register and guests should RSVP by clicking here.

Chicano/Latino Graduate Celebration
8:00 p.m.
Cromwell Field
(213) 740-1480

Friday, May 13

Ph.D. Reception
Robed Ph.D. candidates, their families and advisors are invited to convene for light refreshments before lining up for Commencement.
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Associates Park
No tickets are required

Commencement Day Welcome for New Grads
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Widney Alumni House

The USC Alumni Association invites the university’s newest alumni, the Class of 2016, and their families to visit the Widney Alumni House on Commencement Day 2016.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., take a relaxing break, enjoy refreshments, and learn about the benefits of your complimentary Alumni Association membership.