USC Price School of Public Policy


Welcome to the USC Price graduation information website. This site is provided for students to obtain information about commencement-related activities and the USC Price satellite ceremony.

Save the Date!

The University of Southern California’s 131st Annual Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Doctoral Students
January 2015 – deadline for Ph.D. and DPPD students to notify the appropriate person in the Program Office of their intentions to complete their degree in May 2015 or August 2015. Please provide Julie Kim (Ph.D. PPD – Planning track and Ph.D. UPD), Suzanne Alexander (Ph.D. PPD – Public Policy or Public Management tracks and Ph.D. PPM) or Ashley Coelho (DPPD) with your full name, accurate listing of previous degrees and colleges/universities, name of Dissertation/Planning, Design and Development Project Committee Chair and title of dissertation/Planning, Design and Development Project.

Master’s Students
November 2014 – Students graduating Fall (December) 2014, Spring (May) 2015 or Summer (August) 2015 must complete the Price School Master’s Degree Application for Graduation by November 14, 2014.

If you missed this deadline please submit the information as soon as possible and verify your degree completion with the appropriate program administrator. This is a requirement for graduation.

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students do not need to fill out an application to graduate. However, students who plan to graduate this academic year, Fall (December) 2014, Spring (May) 2015 or Summer (August) 2015, must be in contact with Nam Ung, Program Administrator for Price Undergraduate Programs. Undergraduate students are required to complete the Undergraduate Satellite Ceremony registration below.

Commencement-Related Events

Baccalaureate Ceremony
Taking place in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday, May 14, the university’s Baccalaureate Ceremony begins at 5:00 PM and runs about one hour. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests. There are no reservations necessary for the ceremony, but seating in Bovard Auditorium is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the 1,200 available seats always fill up quickly. Students are not required to wear regalia for the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Dinner
Baccalaureate is followed by a festive dinner for graduates and their families. The dinner begins at 6:30 PM and reservations are required. Baccalaureate Dinner reservations will begin Monday, February 9, online:
Please RSVP early as this event sells out quickly.

USC Price Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
The USC Price Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for PhD and DPPD candidates will take place during the Price satellite ceremony on Friday, May 15.

Commencement Ceremonies

USC Main Commencement Ceremony
Commencement ceremonies are held once a year during the month of May. The main ceremony is for all graduates and their families. Students are to assemble Friday morning, May 15, by 8:00 AM. (USC Price students will be informed where to line up). The processional will take place at 8:30 AM; the Commencement Ceremony will start at 9:00 AM and last for about an hour. All 8,000 graduates march in under their school’s heraldic flag before receiving their degrees as a class. This ceremony features performances by the USC band, brief speeches by the valedictorian, keynote speaker, and the president.

There is no registration required for students to march in the main ceremony, and guest seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please note, at the main ceremony each guest may only hold or reserve two additional seats.

Students are officially designated graduates of the university at this first, or main, ceremony, but they do not march across a stage, receive a diploma cover, and take a photo until they attend their school’s satellite ceremony. The ceremony concludes at approximately 10:15 AM and students march out of the park back to their assembly points.

After this ceremony, there are individual school satellite ceremonies where each graduate is recognized.

The USC Commencement website has information about the schedule for the day, transportation to campus, parking, purchasing invitations and regalia rental, etc.

Quick Link: USC Commencement

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Satellite Ceremony and Reception
Tickets are required for guest admission to the Price satellite ceremony.

The time and location for the Price Satellite Ceremony and Reception is currently being finalized. Students will be notified when we have this information available.

USC Price Commencement Coordinator
Christine Wilson
Director of Student Services
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph & Goldy Lewis Hall, 108
Direct: (213) 740-4127