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 msgrad@vase.usc.edu for questions specific to Viterbi MS ceremonies and contact phd@vase.usc.edu 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

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

Regalia

  • 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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