Academic School Ceremonies

Following the main Commencement ceremony, each Academic School hosts their own  ceremony, usually followed by a reception. The Academic School ceremony is an opportunity for each program to celebrate as a cohort group, hear remarks from a speaker related to their chosen disciplines, and honor each graduate as that individual walks across the stage to receive congratulations from the platform party.

Ph.D. candidates are also invited to official hooding ceremonies held by The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; The USC Marshall School of Business; The USC Rossier School of Education; and The USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Accounting, USC Leventhal School of

Leventhal school ceremonies begin at 2:15 p.m. at Epstein Family Plaza.


Architecture, USC School of

Architecture school ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at Founders Park.


Art & Design, USC Roski School of

Roski school ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. in Watt Hall Lawn (WAH).


Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, USC Division of

Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy school ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. in Bovard Auditorium.


Business, USC Marshall School of

Marshall school ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. for undergraduates, and 6:30 p.m. for graduates. Both ceremonies will be held in the Galen Center.


Cinematic Arts, USC School of

Cinema school ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m. in Shrine Auditorium.


College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, USC Dornsife

Dornsife school ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., in various locations.


Communication & Journalism, USC Annenberg School for

The Communication ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. in McCarthy Quad and the Journalism ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. in Argue Plaza Lawn.


Dentistry of USC, Herman Ostrow School of

Ostrow school ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m. at McAlister Field.


Dramatic Arts, USC School of

Dramatic Arts school ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. for undergraduates, and 3:00 p.m. for graduates. Both ceremonies will be held in Bing Theatre.


Education, USC Rossier School of

Rossier school Master’s & M.A.T. ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at McCarthy Quad on May 12th. The Doctoral hooding ceremony will take place May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at McCarthy Quad.


Engineering, USC Viterbi School of

The undergraduate school ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Family Plaza. The Master’s Degree Programs ceremonies begin at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in various locations. The Ph.D hooding ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Bovard Auditorium on Thursday, May 11th.


Gerontology, USC Davis School of

Gerontology school ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Ronald Tutor Campus Center (RTCC).


Law, USC Gould School of

Gould school ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Founders Park.


Medicine of USC, Keck School of

The M.D./Ph.D., M.D. ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. on May 13th at the Galen Center. The Ph.D., MPH, M.S. ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. on May 13th at the Galen Center. The Health Promotion and Global Health Programs ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. on May 12th at Town & Gown. The Physician Assistant Program ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on May 12th at the southwest lawn of the Hancock Building (AHF).


Music, USC Thornton School of

Thornton school ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. at the south lawn of Ramo Hall (RHM).


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, USC Chan Division of

Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Leavey Library West.


Pharmacy, USC School of

Pharmacy school ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at Norris Library Quad at the Health Sciences Campus.


Public Policy, USC Price School of

Price school ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Shrine Auditorium.


Social Work, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

The VAC school ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Alumni Memorial Park. The campus-based programs (UPC, OCAC, SDAC) school ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Park.