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; The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; and The USC Viterbi School of Engineering.


Accounting, USC Leventhal School of

Leventhal school ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. at Brittingham Field.

Architecture, USC School of

Architecture school ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. at Founders Park.

Art & Design, USC Roski School of

Roski school ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. in Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom.

Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, USC Division of

Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy school ceremonies begin at 3:00 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium.

Bovard College

The Bovard College school ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at Founders Park.

Business, USC Marshall School of

Marshall school ceremonies begin at 11:00 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., at Cromwell Field.

Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg School for

The Communication and Journalism ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at McCarthy Quad.

Dance, USC Kaufman School of

The Kaufman school ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Ramo Hall South Lawn.

Dentistry of USC, Herman Ostrow School of

Ostrow school ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at Brittingham Field.

Dramatic Arts, USC School of

The Dramatic Arts school ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. 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 15th. The Doctoral hooding ceremony will take place May 13th at 3:00 p.m. at McCarthy Quad.

Engineering, USC Viterbi School of

The undergraduate school ceremony will be at 11:00 a.m. at Alumni Park. 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 9 a.m. in Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday, May 13th.

Gerontology, USC Davis School of

The Davis school ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in Ronald Tutor Campus Center (RTCC).

Iovine and Young Academy

The Iovine and Young Academy school ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. in Bovard Auditorium.

Law, USC Gould School of

The Gould school J.D. ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m., and Graduate & International Programs ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad).

Medicine of USC, Keck School of

The M.D./Ph.D., M.D. ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. on May 16th in the Galen Center. The Ph.D., MPH, M.S. ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on May 16th in the Galen Center. The Health Promotion and Global Health Programs ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. on May 15th in Town & Gown. The Physician Assistant Program ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on May 15th 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

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

Pharmacy, USC School of

The Pharmacy school ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. at Broad Lawn in the Health Sciences Campus.

Public Policy, USC Price School of

The Price school ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Shrine Auditorium.

Social Work, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

Dworak-Peck school ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13th at the Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad) and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15th at Alumni Park.