Graduation

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Welcome to the USC Price Graduation Web site!  We are proud of this year’s outstanding degree candidates, and we look forward to celebrating your achievements at commencement.  Students can find information on ceremonies and activities related to graduation and the USC Price satellite ceremony.

Save the Date!

The University of Southern California’s 136th Annual Commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 10, 2019.

USC’s commencement consists of one main ceremony for all students graduating in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters of any given academic year. The main ceremony is followed by smaller satellite ceremonies for individual schools and programs throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you and your family at these special occasions..

Registration for Price Satellite Ceremony

All graduates are required to register for the satellite ceremony by April 15, 2019.

Price Undergraduate Students – Register Here »
Price Masters’ Students – Register Here »
Price Doctoral Students – Register Here »

Doctoral Students
Ph.D. and DPPD students should notify their program administrator of their intention to complete a degree in May 2019 or August 2019. Please provide Julie Kim (Ph.D.) or Richard Parks (DPPD) your full name, accurate listing of previous degrees and colleges/universities, name of Dissertation Committee Chair, and title of dissertation.

Undergraduate Students
Students who plan to graduate this academic year, (Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019), should be in contact with Jim Lee (BS-PPD, BS-PP, and BS-USP) or Russ Sommer (BS-RED).

Commencement-Related Events

USC Price Awards Ceremony
USC Price recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of graduating students such as academic excellence and community contribution. The ceremony takes place on Thursday, May 9. Students receiving awards will receive an invitation. Students are not required to wear regalia for the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Ceremony
The USC Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 PM. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, interfaith celebration open to all students and their guests. There are no reservations required for the ceremony, but seating is available on a first-come/first-served basis (the 1,200 available seats always fill up quickly!). Students are not required to wear regalia for the ceremony.

USC Baccalaureate Dinner
Baccalaureate is followed by a festive dinner (a pre-paid event, $40 per person) for graduates and their families. The dinner begins at 6:30 PM and reservations are required. Please RSVP early, as seats are available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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 10.

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 (Undergraduate, Masters, DPPD) line up by 8:00 AM at “Section A Line Up” on Trousdale Parkway next to Von KleinSmid Center (VKC):  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 10, by 8:00 AM, at their line-up points (see above). 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 USC 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 university president.

There is no registration required for students to walk 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/ main ceremony, but they do not walk across a stage, receive a diploma cover, or take a photo until they attend their school’s satellite ceremony. The ceremony concludes at approximately 10:15 AM.

Quick Link: USC Commencement

 

— Price Satellite Ceremony and Doctoral Student Hooding Ceremony —
11:00 AM, following USC’s Main Ceremony
Shrine Auditorium
649 West Jefferson Boulevard at Royal Street, north of campus

— Price Satellite Reception —
Approximately 1 PM, following Price Satellite Ceremony
A reception for Price graduates and their guests immediately follows the satellite ceremony at McClintock Lawn, located at USC Village at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue. Reception Map: https://commencement.usc.edu/academic-school-ceremonies/price/

ENTRANCE TO THE PRICE SATELLITE CEREMONY AT THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM

Entrance #1 – Opens at 10 AM for Special Needs Guests
Entrance to the Shrine Auditorium is located on Royal Street at Jefferson Boulevard

When graduates register for the satellite ceremony they should note how many guests have special needs. Guests with special seating requests will be ticketed. One guest may enter with the special needs guest at the special needs entrance.

Entrance #2 – Main Entrance opens 10:15 AM for Guests
Entrance to the Shrine Auditorium is located on Royal Street at Jefferson Boulevard

Entrance #3 – Graduates and Faculty will enter at the Expo Hall entrance on 32nd Street
Graduates and Faculty will enter at the Expo Hall entrance to the Shrine Auditorium at 10:15 AM, immediately following USC’s main ceremony.

PLEASE NOTE:

All graduates and guests will go through a metal detector to enter the Shrine Auditorium.

The following items are prohibited in the Shrine Auditorium: airhorns, backpacks and balloons. These items will be confiscated at the door.

GUESTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
When graduates register for the satellite ceremony they should note how many guests have special needs. Guests with special seating requests will be ticketed.

 The Special Needs entrance will open at 10 AM at ENTRANCE ONE. Any guests in wheelchairs or walkers, or with hearing impairments, should enter at this location.

For guests in wheelchairs who are able to get out of the wheelchair and sit in the regular seating area, we will store the wheelchair/walker in a stroller/walker/wheelchair parking area during the ceremony.  Please check in strollers/walkers/wheelchairs that will not be used during the ceremony upon your arrival. Strict fire regulations prevent us from keeping them inside the auditorium during the ceremony.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
This area is ticketed. When graduates register for the satellite ceremony they should note how many guests will remain in wheelchairs. Due to space limitations, one guest may enter with the special needs guest at the special needs entrance and sit with that guest in the wheelchair seating area. Upon arrival at the wheelchair seating area please check-in with staff.

SPECIAL NEEDS/HEARING IMPAIRED
This area is ticketed. When graduates register for the satellite ceremony they should note how many guests are hearing impaired and require a Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter* for the ceremony. Due to space limitations, one guest may enter with the special needs guest at the special needs entrance and sit with that guest in the hearing impaired seating area.

STROLLERS
Please check in all strollers at the Special Needs entrance. Due to the Shrine Auditorium policy, strollers are NOT allowed in the theatre seating area. Graduates, please notify your guests of this policy so your guests can plan to bring anything they need for a baby/young child to their seats.

PICTURE TAKING
Once the procession begins, standing in aisles inside the main auditorium is prohibited by the fire marshal. We will have a photographer taking pictures of graduates as they go to the stage to accept a diploma cover. We ask that all guests remain seated during the ceremony. Guests may not congregate in the aisles or open spaces.

We will have large screens that will make it easier for families and friends to see graduates as they process to the stage.


REGALIA RETURN

Regalia must be returned to bins located at the Bookstore.

USC Commencement Information: https://commencement.usc.edu/

Price Commencement Information: https://priceschool.usc.edu/students/graduation/

USC Price Commencement Coordinator

Christine Wilson
Director of Student Services
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph & Goldy Lewis Hall, 108
Direct: (213) 740-6842
wilsonca@price.usc.edu