Attention Seniors – Important Graduation Reminders

Attention Graduating Seniors!

With Commencement this Friday, we have some tips and reminders for you to help ensure the day runs smoothly.  Please share this with your family and guests!

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The guest seating area for the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony as well as the live streaming rooms will open at 8:30 a.m. on Commencement Day.  We will have TVs in the E-Quad that will broadcast the Main Ceremony.

Set up a meeting place for after the ceremony

With over 700 graduates and over 3000 guests in the Engineering Quad and live streaming rooms, finding your family and guests might be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack.  Set up a meeting location in advance so you all know exactly where to go once the last graduate’s name has been called.

Graduates will process out of the E-Quad at the conclusion of the ceremony. The processional will end on Bloom walk.

Wheelchair Seating

On the day of commencement, the University will provide a limited number of wheelchairs available for checkout, free of charge, behind Leavey Library on West 34th Street. Checkout begins at 6:00 a.m., and all wheelchairs must be returned by 5:00 p.m.

At the Main Ceremony and Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony, there is a seating section reserved for guests with wheelchairs. Because space is limited, we can only allow one escort per wheelchair user. This area, like all commencement guest seating, is first come, first served. For the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony, the wheelchair user and escort must each have one of your allocated guest tickets.

For more disability/wheelchair related information, please refer to the University Commencement website.

Keep Aisles Clear During Ceremony

We know that your families want to have the prime location in order to take a picture of you as you walk across that stage. However, please remind them that aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony for the safety of all of our guests.  We will have professional photographers taking pictures of each graduate as he/she walks across stage so your family can rest assured that this momentous occasion will be captured on film.

Live Streaming of Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony

For guests without tickets, and for those who prefer indoor seating, we will be live streaming the entire ceremony in SGM 123, 124 and OHE 122.


The restrooms on the first floor of RTH will be available for guests in the ticketed seating area.

Download the USC Commencement app!

Keep up to date on the latest Commencement news by reading #ViterbiConnect as well as downloading the new USC Commencement App at 

Prepare for the weather!

It looks like it will be a relatively cool day but we recommend bringing sunscreen and water as well as continue checking the weather forecast!


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