From the President

Dear USC Graduates and Family:

On behalf of the University of Southern California, I would like to invite you and your family to attend our 135th Commencement, to be held on the morning of Friday, May 11, 2018, and to the events preceding it on Thursday, May 10. This is the most joyful and momentous occasion of the academic year, and one that will have special meaning as you watch your student receive a well-earned degree.

On May 11 your student will take his or her place in a long procession of Trojans, stretching back through the years to USC’s first commencement in 1884 – and indeed, back to the day in 1880 when USC first opened its doors. As such, commencement serves as not only a tribute to the enduring vibrancy of the Trojan Family, but also as a powerful symbol of our lifelong and worldwide connections as Trojans.

This website provides full details about the exciting events planned for May 10 through May 11. The USC Commencement will also be webcast live.

Approximately 60,000 parents, family, and friends attend the commencement ceremony each year, so I urge you to arrive on campus by 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

I am proud of the achievements of the Class of 2018, and I look forward to sharing this important and memorable time with you and your family.


C. L. Max Nikias