From the Office of the President


Dear USC Graduates and Families,

Commencement is always a special day at USC, filled with smiles, hugs, and happy tears. Last spring, we held 14 in-person Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021 – and these turned out to be joyful experiences for our nearly 15,000 Trojan graduates and their loved ones. Moments like these have been a bright spot during a global pandemic.

We plan to gather again for USC’s 139th Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13, 2022, and we hope you’ll join us as we honor the accomplishments of our newest group of alumni. We also have a few special events planned for Thursday, May 12, including Baccalaureate, an interfaith ceremony and evening of reflection attended by many graduating students and their families.

This year, Olympian and USC alumna Allyson Felix will be our commencement speaker. She became the most decorated track and field athlete in U.S. history last summer in Tokyo. Allyson’s character transcends her athletic accomplishments, especially in her work as an advocate for women athletes and working mothers. She’s a terrific role model for our graduates, and we can’t wait to hear her inspirational words.

You’ll find more details about the events we’ve planned by exploring our website: This site includes answers to many of your commencement questions, as well as important accessibility information for graduates and their guests. We’re preparing for an in-person celebration, building on the guidelines that allowed us to safely gather for commencement last year. For anyone who is unable to make it in person, the ceremonies will also be streamed live on the website.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! I look forward to celebrating their achievements with you.


Carol L. Folt