For Guests

Based on the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the university has decided that in-person commencement exercises will not be able to take place this May. Any new information will be shared on this website as soon as it becomes available. Read the full announcement.


Information on the Baccalaureate Ceremony will be provided at a later time. Please check back for updates.


The main USC Commencement ceremony is a non-ticketed, open seating event. Academic school ceremonies may require tickets; please check with the specific school. The Baccalaureate Ceremony, is also a non-ticketed, open seating event. The Baccalaureate Dinner that follows the event is a reservation-only event that is paid in advance.


If you are traveling from outside of the Los Angeles area for Commencement, it is highly recommended to reserve accommodations early.

  • The hotel adjacent to the USC main campus is the USC Hotel.
  • Visit Discover Los Angeles for a handy listing of hotels by price, location, and amenities. When searching, select “Downtown/LA Metro” for the nearest adjacent neighborhood to USC.

Other popular visitor neighborhoods—Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Pasadena, offer a variety of hotels at different price points.

Academic School Ceremonies Map

A map of all the Academic School Ceremony locations, plus locations of restrooms, first aid, and water stations is provided for your convenience.

Presentation for USC Parents

Curious to learn more? The USC Office of Cultural Relations and University Events has prepared a helpful guide for parents.