USC Price School of Public Policy

Academic Capstone Events

USC Price Academic Capstone

At the conclusion of each academic year, the Price School of Public Policy (USC Price) honors the academic accomplishments of USC Price students through a week-long USC Price Academic Capstone Celebration.

Academic Capstone Celebration activities recognize academic excellence and celebrate the cross-program syntheses of the School’s interdisciplinary programs. The Academic Celebration consists of the following:

Annual Student Exhibition
The Academic Celebration commences with the Annual Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony and Reception. Professors may nominate outstanding student work from any USC Price class, often in the form of directed research projects, comprehensive examinations and practicum projects. The student work will be presented as poster presentations, PowerPoint presentations, or media or short video presentations at the Annual Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony and Reception and remain on exhibit in Lewis Hall throughout Commencement week.

USC Price Capstone Symposium
Select groups of students will be invited to participate in the USC Price Academic Capstone Celebration which takes place the day before USC’s Commencement. The following student presentations take place during the USC Price Capstone Symposium:

  • MPA students selected to present in the Haynes Outstanding Student Award Competition
  • MPL and MRED students who receive honors on the Comprehensive Examinations
  • MPP students chosen from the Policy Analysis Practicum for the MPP Biller Award competition

USC Price Awards Ceremony
The Price School of Public Policy (USC Price) recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate student performance at the Annual USC Price Commencement Awards Ceremony held the day before Commencement.

USC Price Academic Celebration Reception
The week-long Academic Celebration events conclude with a school-wide reception immediately following the USC Price Awards Ceremony.