The time has come! University of Southern California has received approval from the State of California to host adapted, no contact, and in-person commencement ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the Classes of 2020 & 2021. This also applies to international students who are permitted to travel to the United States. 
To participate in the commencement at the Coliseum:
  1. Register on Marching Order. If you are a 2020 or 2021 graduate and did not receive an email from Marching Order to register for commencement, please fill out this form to be added to the list.
  2. Place your cap and gown orders with the USC Bookstore.
  3. Complete Viterbi’s First Destination Survey. Help increase the value of your degree(s) and help enhance interactions with employers interested in recruiting USC students and alumni.
Please visit USC's Main Commencement website for further information and any concerns. Contact for questions specific to Viterbi MS ceremonies and contact regarding the PhD Hooding.

Schedule Overview

  • May 19, 2021 - Viterbi Commencement Ceremony #1

    3:30 - 6:00 PM

  • May 20, 2021 - Viterbi Commencement Ceremony #2

    8:00 - 10:30 AM

  • May 20, 2021 - Viterbi Commencement Ceremony #3

    3:30 - 6:00 PM

    The President and Provost will present and confer degrees at this ceremony. Remarks will be given by Student Speakers along with the Dean of Engineering. The Trojan Marching Band and a student from the Thornton School of Music will perform. Graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their name announced, receive their diploma covers, and have photos taken, while projected on the screens at the stadium.


Each student is allowed two guests. Information will be sent to graduates with more information.


  • PhD Hoods are dark blue.
  • Doctoral students will not be hooded at this ceremony. The PhD Hooding will take place when it is safe to gather.
  • MS Hoods are orange.
  • Graduates must be wearing robes and caps in order to participate.
  • Tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap.

Guest Information

We are excited to announce that the California Department of Public Health guidelines were recently updated to allow guests of graduates residing outside of the State of California who are fully vaccinated to attend commencement ceremonies in California. This includes international guests. Density restrictions within the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum still require graduates to have no more than two guests. Anyone planning to attend commencement should stay informed about, and comply with, all state and local travel advisories. Please be advised: All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should follow Los Angeles County Travel Advisory guidelines Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 disease. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.

Live Webcast and DVD Ordering Information Coming Soon.

Published on March 22nd, 2021

Last updated on April 22nd, 2021