Friday, May 11, 2018
Main University Ceremony
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
The deadline for graduates to register to participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony is Friday, February 2nd.
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.
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
- 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
Information for Graduates
Any Viterbi students who graduated in fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018, or fall 2018 are invited to participate.
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.
Diplomas are not handed out on Commencement Day. Once your grades have been confirmed, diplomas will be mailed out, generally within 4-8 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This event is not ticketed. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Aerospace & Mechanical
- Civil & Environmental
- Computer Science
- Industrial & Systems
Reception Location: Courtyard between Stauffer Science Library (SSL) and Rapp Engineering Building (RRB)
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pmView Map
Reception Location: Lawn area south of Andrus Gerontology Center (GER)
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pmView Map
Reception Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) Courtyard, located between EEB and Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH)
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pmView Map
Location: Gerontology Courtyard
Questions? Contact Us!
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University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering
Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 222
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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.
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.