USC Commencement COVID-19 Update:

2020 USC Commencement in-person ceremonies are postponed. We plan to have an in-person, on-campus celebration that will take place once travel and large group events become safe and permitted. 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

  • Doctoral students will be hooded by their Dissertation Committee Chair during the ceremony. If the Dissertation Committee Chair is not present, graduates will be hooded by their Department Chair.
  • 7:30-8:00 a.m.: Student check-in.
  • 8:00-8:30 a.m.: Students and guests enter the venue and sit in assigned seats.
  • 8:30 a.m.: All students and guests must be in assigned seats inside the venue.
  • 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Reception with light refreshments.


Tickets are required for graduates and guests. Ticket information will be sent to graduates soon.


  • PhD Hoods are dark blue.
  • All students place their rental orders for cap and gown online.
  • You don’t have to pre-order your rental, the bookstore will have plenty of regalia available for walk ups.
  • Graduates must be wearing robes and caps in order to enter the venue. Graduates are advised to bring their doctoral hood with the button unfastened.
  • Tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap.

Parent & Guest Informtion

Important Parent & Guest Information can be found here

Live Webcast and DVD Ordering Information can be found here.

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