2015 Commencement

Thursday May 14, 2015 on Watt Hall Lawn
9:30am Breakfast Reception
10:30am Program

The MAIN USC commencement ceremonies will occur rain or shine. This ceremony is outdoors and will not be covered. Umbrellas are not permitted during the ceremonies. Buy a poncho at the USC Bookstore, we stocked up!

Getting to the ceremony can be challenging even in good weather. Be sure allow yourself even more time if the weather is inclement.

Friday May 15, 2015 in Alumni Park
7:15am Meet in front of Watt Hall
8:30am Processional
9:00am Ceremony

For more info see: http://commencement.usc.edu

Friday May 15, 2015 on Watt Hall Lawn
10:15am Graduates line up in Harris Hall Courtyard
11:00am Ceremony

The Roski ceremony is under a large tent. Umbrellas are not permitted during the ceremony. The lunch reception will be moved indoors to Watt Hall if needed. GUESTS
Guest seating is in the tent on Watt Hall Lawn. Seating is available starting at 10:00 am. Tickets are not required.

The USC Roski Commencement Reception and Lunch immediately follows the USC Roski Ceremony and is held on the Watt Hall Lawn adjacent to the Ceremony. Tickets are not required.


Official USC Regalia (Cap and Gown) MUST be worn at both the USC and the USC Roski Ceremonies. Any graduate not wearing appropriate regalia will not be permitted to participate.

Rental of regalia is available Monday, May 4 until 12 noon on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the University Bookstore, 3rd floor. Bachelor's -- $59.99, Master's -- $79.99. Doctoral -- $99.99.

Cap and gown Pre-Rentals (ordered at Grad Fest) may be picked up at the Bookstore on Monday, April 27 -- May 1, 2015. Bring your receipt with you. Return your cap, gown, and hood after the ceremony at the drop-off area outside the Bookstore on May 15, 2015.

For more info: https://commencement.usc.edu/cap-and-gown-rentals/


The Commencement Book lists every graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2014, Spring 2015 or Summer 2015, provided they verified their information with Degree Progress or University Publications prior to printing. It is the program for USC's main ceremony which begins at 9:00 AM on May 15, 2015. These books will only be available at USC's Main Ceremony (on campus), and NOT at the USC Roski Ceremony.


DVD recordings of the Roski ceremony will not be available.


Grad Images will be photographing all graduates at the USC Roski Ceremony as each one crosses the stage.  Grad Images will email complimentary proofs to graduates within 24 hours after the ceremony provided they completed a Commencement Reader Card before the ceremony.  Everyone's photo will be taken.  No obligation to purchase.  Visit www.gradimages.com for more information or to pre-register online.


Honor cords are provided by USC Roski and will be available for pick up in HSH April 20 - May 1, 2015. Honor cords may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Note: Eligibility to wear honor cords is not an indication that academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/academic record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after commencement.

Parking in any USC parking structure is free on Commencement Day. The closest structures in which to park near the Watt Hall Lawn is Parking Structure A. Enter at the Vermont Avenue Entrance at 36th Place (Entrance 6). Parking is extremely limited on campus, and due to the large crowd expected at commencement, parking facilities will fill up early. Please arrive early to obtain parking.

We recommend you take Metro (www.metro.net) if at all possible. It will be running on its usual schedule. Exit Expo Park/ USC or Expo/ Vermont Station.


Danielle Boutier