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 12 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 will be provided at a later time, stay tuned for updates.

Presentation for USC Parents

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