The May 15th, 2020 Commencement Ceremony is for students who complete their degree requirement in December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020.
Main Commencement Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 15th, 2020
Processional Begins: 8:30AM
Location: Alumni Memorial Park
USC Viterbi Master’s Ceremonies
Viterbi Master’s Ceremony 1
Viterbi Master’s Ceremony 2
Date: Friday, May 15th, 2020
Location: Galen Center
Speaker: Dr. Ali Velshi
1:30 PM: Student Check-in / Doors Open for Guests
2:30 PM: Processional Begins
3:00 PM: Ceremony Begins
5:00 PM: Ceremony Ends
Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis. Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, Velshi hosted “Ali Velshi On Target,” a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he served as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s “World Business Today” and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable “Your Money.” Velshi also co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning.”
An award-winning journalist, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, Velshi has taken his economic analysis to “Oprah,” “The View,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of How to Speak Money (Wiley, 2010). Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws upon him in 2016. Mr. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Mr. Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program.
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Systems Architecting and Engineering
Date: Friday, May 15th, 2020
Location: Shrine Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Luiz Barroso
6:00 PM: Student Check in / Doors Open for Guests
6:30 PM: Processional Begins
7:00 PM: Ceremony Begins
9:00 PM: Ceremony Ends
Dr. Luiz André Barroso, VP of Engineering and Google Fellow, leads Google’s Core Systems organization. His team is responsible for building the technical foundation behind Google’s flagship products. Over his more than 17 years at Google he’s held important leadership positions, including most recently leading Geo engineering where his team was responsible for collecting and curating maps, local knowledge and imagery data that powers many Google products. Prior to Geo he was the technical lead for Google’s computing infrastructure.
Dr. Barroso has published several technical papers and has co-authored “The Datacenter as a Computer”, the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems, now in its 3rd edition. Before Google, he was a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation, where his group did some of the pioneering research on modern multi-core processor architectures. Luiz is a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.
- As is standard with events at arenas and large venues, all guests must go through a metal detector to enter the ceremony
- The following items are prohibited in the satellite ceremony venues: backpacks, balloons, fog horns, whistles and other noise makers. Graduates will not be allowed to enter the venue with these objects. All such objects will be confiscated at the door.
- Graduates cannot bring bags, flowers, balloons, etc. into the Galen Center or Shrine Auditorium. Leave them in your car or at home as they will be confiscated at the door.
- No shouting or whistling during the ceremony.
- We ask that you show support and respect for your fellow classmates by remaining for the entire ceremony.
- Wear your regalia.
- Wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be walking a lot throughout the day.
- What to bring: camera, water (or money for water), sunglasses & sunscreen for main ceremony.
- To sit with your friends at the Viterbi Master’s Commencement Ceremony, line up in front of and behind people you want to sit with.
Anyone entering either venue, including graduates, must go through a metal detector. Expect delays and allow plenty of time to enter the venues.
Viterbi MS graduates should rent/purchase a Master’s gown, black cap, and orange hood from the USC Bookstore. Do not get the yellow or goldenrod hood.
All students can place their rental orders for cap and gown online. The website is scheduled to be open February 13 (1st day of grad fest) and closes March 31st: http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_usc/
- You don’t have to pre-order your rental, the bookstore will have plenty of regalia available for walk ups beginning May 1st.
- Pre-order and walk up orders are available beginning May 1, 2019. Distribution of regalia will be held outside on the bookstore patio under the red tents. If you pre-ordered you‘ll need your ID (student or government issued) and it always helpful if you have your order confirmation from Herff Jones.
- If you’re a walk up we’ll just need your height and weight.
- All caps* are one size fits all. Students can keep their cap and tassel as a souvenir.
- Note: If you would like to receive your regalia sooner than May 1st, you will need to select the home ship option for an addition $16.95 fee while placing your order. Home ship website is open until April 30th
- Returning Rentals – caps, gowns and hoods should be returned to drop-off area outside bookstore immediately after your satellite ceremony. Returns after commencement day should be made inside the bookstore.
- All items are available for purchase by using this website https://academicregalia.herffjones.com/School/index This includes bachelor, masters and doctoral regalia. The purchasing option is available all year round, customers just need to keep in mind the turnaround time for the regalia and order accordingly.
- All students in all degree levels can wear sashes; it’s the student’s choice.
- Standard sashes are $49.99, available in store and online at https://www.uscbookstore.com/sashes
- Custom sashes price begin at $75. You place custom orders online. Pick-up will be on the 3rd floor of the bookstore, grad counter. You’ll receive an e-mail once your sash is ready. You can also ship the sash to your home for a $15 fee.
- All rented regalia should be returned directly after your ceremony.
- Honor cords are for Bachelor students only.
- Leis will be available at the bookstore on Thursday May 9th
- Leis are also available on commencement day (May 15th) at the bookstore and several location throughout campus.
Need more information? Please e-mail us at email@example.com
* Caps should be worn at all times, except during the invocation, benediction, and National Anthem, when gentlemen should remove their caps. The tassel is worn over the right temple. When the President salutes the graduates, it is appropriate for the graduates to respond by tipping their caps. Graduates may then move their tassels over to the left side.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad)
The Viterbi Office of Graduate and Professional Programs invites our Master’s and PhD graduates to join us in celebrating your achievements! The Commencement Carnival will include food, games & lots of fun!
This event is for graduates only; unfortunately guests cannot be accommodated and may not attend.
Eligible students will receive an invitation to register as part of commencement invitations, which will be sent out in February 2020.
Commencement Name Reader Cards will be passed out at the carnival. Students who are not able to attend the carnival can pick up their Name Reader Card at commencement on May 15th.
Q: What’s the difference between Main Commencement Ceremony, the Viterbi Master’s Satellite Ceremony, the Viterbi Undergraduate Satellite Ceremony and the Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony?
A: At the main ceremony, graduates from the entire University participate. At the Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding ceremony only Ph.D. candidates from Viterbi attend. They are hooded by their chair. The Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is only for engineering undergraduates.
Q: How long does the ceremony last?
A: The Viterbi Master’s Ceremony usually lasts about two hours. We kindly ask all graduates and guests to leave the venue promptly following the ceremony.
Q: What do I bring?
A: Wear your regalia. Bring your name reader card. Leave gifts (including flower bouquets) with your guests. You will not be allowed to bring in bags, gifts, etc.
Q: What is the timeline for Commencement?
A: For the Main Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 15th, candidates are to assemble promptly at 7:45 a.m. and all guests are requested to be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. Procession begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony concludes at 10:00 a.m.
Ceremony 1: Graduates are to assemble at the Galen Center at 2:00 p.m. Procession begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 2: Graduates are to assemble at the Shrine Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Procession begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Q: Do I have to register for Commencement?
A: An invitation to participate in commencement will be emailed to all eligible students starting in February 2020.
Note: There is no registration for USC’s Main Commencement Ceremony.
The Viterbi Master’s Commencement Ceremony, however, requires students participating in the ceremony to register. After eligible students file for graduation with their department advisor, they will be able to register by following the instructions bellow:
- Go to https://www.marchingorder.com/graduate/grad_register.asp.
- Enter your USC email address.
- You will receive an email with a link to create your password. If you do not receive this email within one hour, please check your spam folder. Should you have any trouble, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After logging on once, you can edit your information, including your RSVP, at any time prior to April 5, 2020 by visiting https://www.marchingorder.com/graduate/grad_login.asp. You will login with your USC email address and the password you created.
Only students graduating Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020 are eligible to participate in the Viterbi Master’s Commencement Ceremony.
If you have filed for graduation but cannot login, contact us at MSGrad@gapp.usc.edu (include your student ID number).
Q: What about December 2020 or other out of cycle graduates?
- An Out of Cycle Request form can be completed starting in February 2020 (additional details to come).
- Completing an Out of Cycle Request does not automatically grant permission to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Q: How will my name be announced at Commencement?
A: For the Main Commencement Ceremony, names of candidates will not be announced. For the Viterbi Master’s Commencement Ceremony, candidates will be announced as they cross the stage. By completing the registration process above, your name and major will display on the screens when you cross the stage at the Viterbi MS Commencement Ceremony. When you select “yes” for the RSVP, the website will ask you to confirm how your name will be announced. The photographer will also use this registration information to send proofs.
Students who graduate Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 will be listed in the Commencement Book available at the Main Commencement Ceremony and in various places across campus. If you would like to check your expected graduation date, please check your STARS report on OASIS. To check if your name will appear in the 2020 Commencement Book, visit: https://camel2.usc.edu/CommBook/index.html Students should contact their academic advisor is they need their name corrected.
Q: What information does the Commencement Book include?
A: The Commencement Book includes the graduate’s name and previously earned degrees. The format is as follows: graduate name, current degree program, and previously earned degree.
Q: Can you add/delete students’ names from the Commencement Book?
A: Students are added or removed from the Commencement Book based on whether or not they have finished their requirements in the specified time frame.
Q: If I have more than one major, will I be listed in only one section or in all sections?
A: Your name will be listed in all sections.
Q: What should I do if I legally changed my name and want it to appear in the Commencement Book?
A: If you’ve legally changed your name and want it to appear in the USC Commencement Book, you will need to contact the Office of Academic Records and Registrar in the Verifications Department at (213) 740-9230. You can either do this in person or by mail. For verification purposes, you must submit a legal document that includes your complete name: driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport.
CAP & GOWN INFORMATION
Q: I am unable to come to campus. How do I order my cap and gown?
A: Regalia may be ordered online at https://www.uscbookstore.com/masters-regalia
Q: I forgot to order my regalia, what should I do?
A: You don’t have to pre-order your rental, the bookstore will have plenty of regalia available for walk ups (dates to be determined). The bookstore will also be open on commencement day.
Q: Can I rent or purchase my hood by itself?
A: Yes, for additional information contact the USC Bookstore at 213.740.8998.
Q: What color is my hood?
A: Viterbi = Orange
Q: How do I return my cap and gown?
A: Return it at the Bookstore or in one of the regalia bins throughout campus on Commencement day after your satellite ceremony.
Letters are not required by the United States Consular Offices in order for family members to obtain visitor visas; however, as a courtesy to our students, OIS does provide a letter template for students who wish to write their own letter to invite family members to the United States. https://ois.usc.edu/invitation-letter/
Q: Is parking complimentary for guests?
A: Parking for all official commencement events is complimentary.
Q: What if it rains?
A: There is no rain-date for Commencement. Fortunately, Southern California tends to be dry in May, though we recommend that you bring an umbrella if rain is forecasted.
Q: Where do I order announcements?
A: Announcements are ordered at the Bookstore. For more information, visit www.uscbookstore.com under the Graduation link.
Q: Are there any fees or costs associated with Commencement?
A: Just rent your regalia. No other fees for participating in commencement. Class ring, announcements, etc. are optional.
Q: If one of my guests is in a wheelchair, will his/her seating be any different?
A: We have a section for wheelchairs. One additional guest will be able to sit with him/her in this section.
Q: Will wheelchairs be available for the main and Viterbi commencement? Will handicapped parking be available?
A: Wheelchairs are available for checkout from 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on May 15th only. Checkout is located in front of the Alumni House. If you need a wheelchair after 5:00 p.m., you will need to bring your own. More information can be found at https://commencement.usc.edu/guests/disability-info/%20