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!
  • Commencement-Related Events
  • Commencement Ceremonies
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Save the Date!

      The University of Southern California’s 131st Annual Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014.

      Doctoral Students
      January 2014 – 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 2014 or August 2014. 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.

      Masters Students
      November 2013 – Students graduating Fall (December) 2013, Spring (May) 2014 or Summer (August) 2014 must complete the Price School Masters’ Degree Application for Graduation by November 8, 2013 at the following link:

      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) 2013, Spring (May) 2014 or Summer (August) 2014, 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 15, 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 11, 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 16, at 11:00 AM.

      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 16, 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.

      After USC’s main ceremony there are individual school satellite ceremonies where each graduate is recognized. Price will have one satellite ceremony for all degree programs immediately following the USC ceremony. The Price Satellite Ceremony is located at Lot 6 (on Downey Way near Kaprielian Hall and Irani Hall) for all Price students immediately following the USC Commencement Ceremony at 11:00 AM. Undergraduate and graduate students will march across a stage, receive a diploma cover, and have their photo taken. Guest seating will be available beginning at 10 AM.

      The Price Satellite Ceremony will require tickets for guests. Please note that a maximum of four tickets for guests is guaranteed at this time for each student who registers for the satellite ceremony by March 14.

      If additional tickets become available, they will be allocated to students who requested additional tickets when they registered for the satellite ceremony, in the order they registered. We will begin by making one additional ticket available per student.

      Price Satellite Ceremony Reception
      The Price School will host a satellite ceremony reception for all Price graduates and their guests immediately following the satellite ceremony at Pardee Way, located next to Lewis Hall (RGL).

      ALL Graduating Students are required to register for the satellite ceremony – Please register by March 14 to ensure ticket availability:

      Price Undergraduate Students — Please register by March 14 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

      Price Masters Students — Please register by March 14 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

      Price Doctoral Students — Please register by March 14 for the Price Satellite Ceremony

      Graduating students do not require a ticket for admission though they are required to register for the ceremony and for guest tickets. (Masters’ students should have also submitted an Application to Graduate in October 2013. If you are not sure whether you have submitted the Application to Graduate please verify this with the appropriate program administrator.)

      For additional commencement information, please check the links below. We look forward to seeing you and your guests at Commencement!

      USC Grad Fair
      The 2014 Grad Fair will be held in the ballroom of the Tutor Campus Center from February 11-13.

      Grad Fair is your one-stop way to get all the information you need about Commencement. All soon-to-be graduates are encouraged every year to stop by Grad Fair for answers to questions, or to purchase Commencement-related products. You may pre-order your Cap and Gown rental at this time.

      If you miss Grad Fair, you will find information about ordering announcements, rings, and commencement-related items through the USC Bookstore at under the Graduation link.

      A link to regalia rental information is below.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      For driving directions to campus and general campus maps:

      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