2018 Commencement

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Friday, May 11, 2018
Epstein Family Plaza

2018 USC MAIN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Alumni Park

2018 USC ROSKI SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad)
Graduate Line Up: 10:15 AM; check in at the Harris Hall Courtyard. Please be on time!

INFORMATION

GUESTS
Guest seating is in the tent on the Epstein Family Plaza. General seating is available starting at 10:00 am and is first come, first serve. Tickets are not required.

GUEST SPEAKER
Judith Baca
Artist, Educator, Scholar/Activist
Judith Baca is a painter and muralist, monument builder, and scholar who has been teaching art in the UC system since 1984. She was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). Baca’s public arts initiatives reflect the lives and concerns of populations that have been historically disenfranchised and her monuments may be seen throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues. Baca is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and other distinctions.

RECEPTION
The USC Roski Commencement Reception immediately follows the USC Roski Ceremony and is held on the Epstein Family Plaza adjacent to the Ceremony. Tickets are not required.

CAP & GOWN RENTAL
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 through the USC Bookstore.
https://www.uscbookstore.com/t8-caps_gowns.aspx
Return your cap, gown, and hood to the drop-off area outside the Bookstore after your ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT BOOK
The Commencement Book lists every USC graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018, 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 11, 2018. These books will only be available at USC's Main Ceremony (on campus), and NOT at the USC Roski Ceremony.

DVDs
DVD recordings of the Roski ceremony are not available.

GRAD PHOTOS
Grad Images will photograph 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.  There is no obligation to purchase.  Visit www.gradimages.com for more information or to pre-register online.

HONOR CORDS
Honor cords are provided by USC Roski and will be presented during the USC Roski Annual Student Exhibition Opening Reception and Roski Awards on Tuesday, May 1, from 5 pm – 7 pm in the USC Fisher Museum of Art Courtyard. Honor cords may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the Fall 2017 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
Parking in any USC parking structure is free on Commencement Day. The closest structures in which to park near the Watt Hall Lawn is the Downey Way Structure. Enter at the Vermont Avenue Entrance at 36th Place (Downey Way Entrance). 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 Station.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   
https://commencement.usc.edu/