For Guests


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, held on May 9, 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.

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

Travel Arrangements

STA Travel is the official travel agency for USC Commencement and has offers on discounted travel, hotel, and rental cars. Call 213-254-2662 to make arrangements.

Presentation for USC Parents

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