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.
- The hotel adjacent to the USC main campus is the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC.
- 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.
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.