Congratulations graduates! We look forward to celebrating with you at the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Main University Ceremony

Alumni Park
Ceremony: 8:30am
No Tickets Required

Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony

The USC Village on the Great Lawn
The ceremony scheduled to begin immediately following the University Ceremony at approximately 10:45am.
No Tickets Required

We are excited to announce that Mike Markkula Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony.

Guest & Graduate Information Packet
Live Stream the Ceremony Here

    A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Commencement website. We are so excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with the graduating students and their families.

Our graduates have spent the last several years at USC Viterbi studying with world-class faculty, pushing themselves intellectually and growing personally and intellectually in supportive and stimulating environments.

They will graduate and move on to “Create the World that Never Was”, whether in the academy, in the private sector, in government or as entrepreneurs. Perhaps one of them will create the next big thing right here in Southern California. They will use engineering and technology, and of our philosophy of Engineering+ in imaginative new ways for the benefit of the world.

Graduation is a time of great joy for all of us, families, faculty, and staff. Being the parent of three USC graduates, USC commencement holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to Commencement Week and to celebrate Commencement for the amazing Class of 2018.

Yannis C. Yortsos
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

How does Commencement work?

The University will hold a Main University Ceremony followed by individual school ceremonies on Friday, May 11th. All USC graduates are invited to attend the Main Ceremony held in Alumni Memorial Park, beginning at 8:30am. Graduates should arrive by 7:45am in their regalia and line up with their school.

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony is held immediately following the Main Ceremony. At the end of the Main Ceremony graduates will be led to the Great Lawn at the USC Village by USC Faculty Marshals.

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will begin at approximately 10:45am, after the Main Ceremony has ended and the graduates have been walked to the Great Lawn. Graduates should not leave the Main Ceremony early.

A live stream of both ceremonies will be available online. The Main Ceremony will also be live streamed to the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony location at the Great Lawn.

View Map of Great Lawn    Learn more about the Main Ceremony

Commencement Timeline 2018

  • Register to participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony! All students who graduated in fall 2017, or will graduate in spring 2018, summer 2018, or fall 2018 are invited to participate.
  • The deadline to register is Friday, February 2nd.
  • Attend Grad Fest – Feb 14 and 15
    RTCC Ballroom 10am – 6pm
  • Learn more about Grad Fest here
  • Receive Commencement Registration Confirmation – Feb 9th
    All students who registered for the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will receive a registration confirmation.
  • Review the online commencement program to ensure that your information is correct before the Commencement program goes to print (Deadline – March 27th). Please note that fall 2018 graduates will not be included in the May 2018 program, but are still invited to participate. Fall 2018 graduates will appear in the May 2019 program. 
  • Order your Commencement Commemorative Items
  • If you ordered your regalia at Grad Fest, pick up your order during Commencement Fair March 21st-23rd at the USC Bookstore.
  • If eligible, receive email with instructions for honor cord pickup
  • Dec 2017 and May 2018 grads, join the Viterbi Alumni Database by filling out the post-grad destination survey. Use your USC ID (without dashes) to login and create a password.
  • Regalia available for rent thru 5/12; available on 3rd floor of bookstore
May 11, 2018 – The day of Commencement
  • Graduates arrive at 7:45am and lineup with their school for the Main University Ceremony
  • Main University Ceremony begins at 8:30am.
  • At then end of the Main University Ceremony, graduate are led to the Great Lawn in the USC Village by Faculty Marshals.
  • The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony begins once graduates are led to the Great Lawn, approximately 10:45am.
  • The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30pm.
  • Attend department receptions 

For additional day-of planning, please refer to the Guest & Graduate Information Packet.

Latest Updates

   Viterbi Keynote Speaker

A.C. “Mike” Markkula Jr.

Mr. Markkula, born in 1942, is the founder of Echelon Corporation and has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Director since 1988. Echelon designs and markets distributed intelligence control systems, and is a leader in products enabling smart power grids. Mr. Markkula is a co-founder of Apple, and served as a director of the company from its incorporation in 1977 to 1996. During his tenure at Apple, he also served as Vice President of Marketing, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board, Director, and Director of Claris Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple.

Mr. Markkula is also the founder of ACM Aviation, Inc, and a co-founder of the San Jose Jet Center. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ACM Aviation, and was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Jet Center. These companies were combined in 2004 and subsequently purchased by a third party. In 1982, along with Henry and Brian Kashiwa, Arthur Rock, and Robert Noyce, Mr. Markkula founded the Volant Ski Company in Boulder Colorado and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until it was sold to a Canadian company in the early ‘90’s. Prior to co-founding Apple, Mr. Markkula held positions as Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation, Marketing Director for Integrated Circuits at Fairchild Semiconductor, and Member of the Technical Staff in the Research and Development Laboratory at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Mr. Markkula’s contributions have been recognized as follows: University of Southern California School of Engineering – Outstanding Alumnus; Harvard School of Business – Entrepreneur of the Year; Santa Clara University – Honorary Doctor of Public Service; University of Southern California – Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Mr. Markkula earned both BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Southern California, and is credited on five patents in the area of distributed intelligence control networks.

Mr. Markkula has served in the following university roles:

Santa Clara University
Advisor – Leavey School of Business
Chairman – 1988-1989 Parents’ Fund
Chairman – 1989-1990 Parents’ Fund
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Guest Lecturer
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics:
Founder and principal benefactor
Chairman of the Board of Advisors
Member of the Steering Committee


University of Southern California
Guest Lecturer
Zohrab A. Kaprielian Technology Innovation Fund:
Founder and principal benefactor
Member of the Steering Committee

Stanford University
Guest Lecturer

Information for Graduates

Who can participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony?

Any Viterbi students who graduated in fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018, or fall 2018 are invited to participate.

How do I verify if I am graduating?

Students can verify their graduation date by checking their STARS Report on OASIS. Graduation dates will be listed by semester, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, and Fall 2018. If this information is incorrect, please contact your department advisor.

When do I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are not handed out on Commencement Day. Once your grades have been confirmed, diplomas will be mailed out, generally within 4-8 weeks.

When and where do I rent/purchase regalia?

Students can rent or purchase robes from the USC Bookstore. Each rental comes with a tassel for the cap that can be kept as a souvenir.

Graduates are encouraged to pre-order their regalia (cap & gown) at Grad Fest on February 14th and 15th in TCC Ballroom.

Regalia pre-orders are available for pickup April 27th through May 11th at the University Bookstore. Ordering and distribution of regalia will take place on the 3rd floor of the Bookstore. For rental charges and further information regarding regalia, please click here.


When does rented regalia need to be returned?

Rented regalia should be returned to the drop-off area outside the Bookstore immediately following the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony. Returns after commencement day should be made inside the Bookstore’s first floor.

Am I eligible for honor cords? Where do I get them?

To be eligible to wear honor cords on commencement day, you must be graduating in fall 2017 or spring 2018, and have a minimum of a 3.5 University GPA at the beginning of spring semester 2018. All students who meet these qualifications will receive an email in April with instructions for picking up honor cords.

What is the process for checking my name in the Commencement Program?

We will send out a link at the end of February to review your information before the Commencement Program goes to print.

Information for Guests

What services are available for disabled guests?

For guests with disabilities, please enter through Gate #4, located on Jefferson Boulevard at the Royal Street intersection. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for checkout, free of charge, behind Leavey Library on West 34th street. Wheelchair seating is available at the main ceremony with one companion seat. You can read more about disability services at the Main Ceremony here.

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will also have wheelchair seating available with one companion seat.

Is this event ticketed? How does seating work?

This event is not ticketed. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

What photography and DVD services are available?

Grad Images will take quality photos of each graduate as s/he comes across the stage at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony. GradTrak will email graduates with their proofs and photo purchase options.

Take One Productions will provide a DVD of the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony that will be available for purchase.

Are there receptions for my graduate's individual major?

Most major departments hold receptions on Commencement day.

In many cases, these receptions start before the Undergraduate Ceremony ends because the receptions are for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Department receptions times and locations can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find My Reception

Will my student's name be in the Commencement program?

The May 2018 Commencement Program will include the names of graduates with degree dates of fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018. If a student’s expected degree date is Fall 2018, his/her name will appear in the 2019 Commencement Program but he/she can participate in the 2018 Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony. Graduates with Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 terms will be notified to view the 2018 Viterbi Commencement Program proof in mid-spring 2018.

I am driving to campus, where do I park?

Parking on Commencement day is complimentary for graduates and their guests. For complete parking information please click here.

Parking is extremely limited on campus, and due to the large crowds, parking usually fills up by 7:00 a.m. USC Transportation will direct you to the next gate or to the off-campus facilities if the structures are full. The Grand Avenue Parking Structure (formerly UPX), on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Grand Avenue, is recommended for all degree candidates, their families and guests.

The Metro Expo Line is highly recommended to avoid traffic and congestion.

I'm not familiar with campus, can I get directions?

You can find detailed driving directions to campus here.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, the Main University Ceremony will be live streamed to TVs setup at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony for guests who prefer to arrive to the Viterbi Ceremony early.

Both ceremonies will also be live streamed online. The link to view the live steam will be posted on this page a few days before Commencement.

Department Receptions

Most major departments within Viterbi  hold their own receptions for students graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs. In order to accommodate both Master’s and undergraduate students, receptions may begin before the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony has ended. Graduates are welcomed and encouraged to attend their department reception after the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony has concluded.

Reception Location: Courtyard between Stauffer Science Library (SSL) and Rapp Engineering Building (RRB)

Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm

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Reception Location: Stabler Hall Courtyard

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

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Reception Location: Denney Research Center

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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The Chemical Engineering Department will hold a pre-graduation reception on Thursday, May 10th. 

Reception Location: Hedco Chemical Engineering (HED) 116

Date & Time: Thursday, May 10th from 12:45-2:00pm

Casual Dress

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Reception Location: Front of USC Davidson Conference Center (DCC)

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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Reception Location: Salvatori Computer Science (SAL) Lawn, located between SAL and Powell Hall of Engineering (PHE)

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Reception Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) Courtyard, located between EEB and Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH)

Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm

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Location: Gerontology Courtyard

Time: 12pm-2pm

Questions? Contact Us! | 213.740.4530

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Viterbi School of Engineering
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Los Angeles, CA 90089

Faculty Regalia

Commencement will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 and all faculty are encouraged to participate and share this special day with Viterbi students and their guests. As part of the Commencement Ceremonies, the Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding & Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Order Deadline
The order deadline is Friday, February 23. If you miss the order deadline, you may order USC Ph.D. regalia at the University Bookstore in April.

Once the regalia is delivered to the University, all Viterbi faculty who placed orders will be notified via email that it is ready for pick-up. This typically occurs in late-April or early-May.

Order Faculty Regalia Here