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 135th Annual Commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 11, 2018.

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 13, 2018:

Price Undergraduate Students »
Price Masters’ Students »
Price Doctoral Students »

Doctoral Students
Ph.D. and DPPD students should notify their program administrator of the intention to complete a degree in May 2018 or August 2018. Please provide Julie Kim (Ph.D.) or Ashley Coelho (DPPD) 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.

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 10, and students earning 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 10 at 5:00 PM. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, and is a wonderful opportunity to bless our graduates as they proceed with the next stage of their lives. The highlight of the ceremony is a keynote address from a specially selected Baccalaureate speaker, as well as the participation of numerous university dignitaries and the religious directors who work with our student groups. The service itself will feature music and will conclude with a benediction over the graduating students. Regalia for students at this ceremony is optional.

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 11.

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 A Line Up” on the north side of 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 11, 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 —

McCarthy Quad
11:00 AM, following USC’s Main Ceremony

Located on Hellman Way between Doheny Library and Leavey Library.
Registration for the Price Satellite Ceremony is required, as noted above.

Satellite Ceremony Reception
Approximately 1:00 PM, immediately following the Price Satellite Ceremony
Argue Plaza and Pardee Way Lawn

Located on Childs Way in front of the Price School, next to the Alumni House


Entrance #1: Tent opens at 10 AM for Special Needs Guests
Entrance #2: Tent opens 10:15 AM for Guests
Graduating students will line up at 10:30 AM, location to be announced

For guests with special needs, please have them notify a staff person at the entrance to the tent for assistance to the special needs seating area.

There is a reserved seating area in the tent for guests who will remain seated in wheelchairs during the satellite ceremony. Due to space limitations however, only one family member may sit with the disabled guest in the reserved seating. Upon arrival at the wheelchair seating area please check-in with staff.

For guests who are able to get out of their wheelchair and sit in the regular seating area, we will store the wheelchair in the stroller/wheelchair/walker parking area during the ceremony. Guests with walkers will be seated and staff will then store the walker in the stroller/wheelchair/walker parking area.

Due to strict fire regulations, we are unable to accommodate strollers in the tent. We will hold strollers during the ceremony in the stroller/wheelchair/walker parking area. Please let you guests know in advance so they can be prepared to bring whatever they need during the ceremony into the tent.

Due to strict fire regulations, balloons and noise makers will not be allowed into the tent.

Standing in aisles at any time is prohibited by the fire marshal. Please let your families know that we will have a photographer taking your picture as you accept your “diploma cover”. We ask that all guests remain seated during the ceremony and we cannot allow guests to congregate in the aisles or open spaces.

Regalia should be returned to the Bookstore or to bins that are placed on campus.

USC Commencement Information »

Price Commencement Information »

2018 USC Price Commencement Speaker

In addition to celebrating our graduates’ many accomplishments, we are excited to welcome this year’s commencement speaker, Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Mark Ridley-Thomas was first elected to public office in 1991. He is the longest serving member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He served on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly 12 years and served two terms in the California State Assembly where his legislative work addressed a broad range of issues with implications for economic and workforce development, health care, public safety, education, budget accountability, consumer protection and civic participation.

His political career was preceded by a decade of service as the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles and he founded the Empowerment Congress–arguably the region’s most successful 26-year initiative in neighborhood-based civic engagement.

Ridley-Thomas received his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, focusing on Social Criticism and Social Change and in 2017, USC awarded him an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements and his contributions to the welfare and development of our community.

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