Congratulations graduates! We look forward to celebrating with you at the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Main University Ceremony

Alumni Park
Ceremony: 8:30am
No Tickets Required

Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony

Alumni Park
The ceremony scheduled to begin immediately following the University Ceremony at approximately 11:00am.
No Tickets Required

The keynote speaker at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will be announced soon. Please scroll down for more information.

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 “Engineer a Better World for All Humanity”, 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 countless and 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 2020.

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 15th. 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 and will begin at approximately 11:00am.

A live stream of both ceremonies will be available online.

Learn more about the Main Ceremony

Commencement Timeline 2020

  • Register to participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony! All students who graduated in fall 2019 or who will graduate in spring 2020, summer 2020, or fall 2020 are invited to participate.
  • The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
  • Register Here!
  • Attend Grad Fest – Feb 12 and Feb 13, 2020
    RTCC Ballroom 10am – 6pm
  • Learn more about Grad Fest here
  • Receive Commencement Registration Confirmation – Feb 7, 2020
    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 – TBD). 
  • Order your Commencement Commemorative Items
  • If you ordered your regalia at Grad Fest, pick up your order during Commencement Fair at the USC Bookstore.
  • If eligible, receive email with instructions for honor cord pickup
  • For May 2020 grads, please join the Viterbi Alumni Database by filling out the first destination survey. Use your USC ID (without dashes) to login and create a password.
  • Regalia available for rent through bookstore.
May 15, 2020 – 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.
  • The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony begins at approximately 11:00am. in Alumni Park
  • The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:45pm.
  • Attend department receptions

Latest Updates

   Viterbi Keynote Speaker 2020 will be announced soon!

Information for Graduates

Who can participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony?

Any Viterbi students who graduated in fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, or fall 2020 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 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020. 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 in TCC Ballroom.

Regalia pre-orders are available for pickup 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 spring 2020, and have a minimum of a 3.5 University GPA at the beginning of spring semester 2020. 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.

Who is the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony Speaker?

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony Speaker will be announced soon!

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.

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 for 2019 Commencement can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find My Reception

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

The May 2020 Commencement Program will include the names of graduates with degree dates of fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020. Graduates with fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms will be notified to view the 2020 Viterbi Commencement Program proof in mid-spring 2020. Graduates with degree dates in fall 2020 will be included in the 2021 Viterbi Commencement Program. 

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?

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 Staufer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) and Rapp Engineering Building (RRB)

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

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Reception Location: Stabler Hall Courtyard

Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm

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Reception Location: Denney Research Center

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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Reception Location: Hedco Chemical Engineering (HED) 116

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Casual Dress

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Reception Location: USC Davidson Conference Center (DCC) Lawn

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

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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

Undergraduates and guests from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event details are sent to the graduates directly and RSVPs are required to attend.

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

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

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Location: TBD

Time: 12pm-2pm

Questions? Contact Us! | 213.740.4530

University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering
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Los Angeles, CA 90089

Faculty Regalia

Commencement will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 and all faculty are encouraged to participate and share this special day with Viterbi students and their guests. Faculty who are participating in Commencement may place an order for rental regalia using the form below.

Order Deadline
The deadline for faculty participating in Commencement to submit an order for regalia is Friday, March 27. If you miss the order deadline, you may order USC Ph.D. regalia at the University Bookstore.

When 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