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 132nd Annual Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015

Registration for Price Satellite Ceremony

ALL Graduates are required to register for the satellite ceremony:

Price Undergraduate Students — Please register by April 30 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

Price Masters’ Students — Please register by April 30 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

Price Doctoral Students — Please register by April 30 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

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 Abi Ingleton (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

USC Price Awards Ceremony
Participants of the USC Price Awards Ceremony include undergraduates, master’s students, and doctoral candidates. The ceremony recognizes the various accomplishments of the graduating students in USC Price, such as academic excellence and community contribution. The ceremony takes place on Thursday, May 15, and students receiving awards will receive an invitation. Students are not required to wear regalia for the ceremony.

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
Alumni Park
Processional begins at 8:30 AM
Faculty and PhD students line up at Bovard Auditorium by 8 AM
All other Price graduates line up by 8:00 AM at “Section D Line Up” on Childs Way next to Doheny Library: Map of Seating and Procession Assembly Points

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
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
11:15 AM

Tickets are not required for guest admission to the Price Satellite Ceremony.

The Price School will have one satellite commencement ceremony for all degree programs following the main USC Commencement Ceremony. This year’s satellite ceremony will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena with a reception for all Price graduates and their guests immediately following at the arena.

Undergraduate and graduate students will march across a stage, receive a diploma cover, and have their photo taken. Students will be notified of a location for line-up. Guest seating will be available beginning at 10:15 AM.

Maps and parking information for the Price Satellite Ceremony will be updated soon.

2015 USC Price Commencement Speaker

In addition to celebrating our graduates’ many accomplishments, we are excited to welcome commencement speaker Curtis Conway. Conway received his undergraduate degree from Price in 2001. He went on to a successful 12-year NFL career, and is currently an in-studio football analyst for multiple broadcast stations. Beyond these professional accomplishments, Conway embodies the mission of the Price School, and he exemplifies the type of graduate who represents our mission and values in the larger world.

Conway was born here in Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the USC campus. He worked hard as a high school student to earn a scholarship to USC, and in so doing, became the first in his family to pursue higher education.

He is deeply committed to serving the community, working with a number of nonprofit organizations including Feeding America and Fitness for Kids. Additionally, he annually hosts athletic camps at the USC Coliseum promoting the value of education to underserved inner-city youth, and works with young men of color and their parents to help students prepare for and succeed at college.

Curtis Conway is an alumnus who not only achieved great success in professional sports and broadcasting, but who used the education and training he received at Price to invest in and better the community where he grew up. We are very proud to have him as our commencement speaker this year, and we look forward to hearing his inspiring address.

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