Friday, May 13, 2022


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 2022.

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 13, 2022. All USC graduates are invited to attend the Main Ceremony held in Alumni Memorial Park, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) Graduates should arrive by 7:45 a.m. (PDT) 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 11:00 a.m. (PDT). Graduates must register for the Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Information on how to register for the Viterbi ceremony will be sent in mid February. The deadline to register for the Viterbi ceremony will be April 8, 2022.

A live stream of both ceremonies will be available online.

Commencement Timeline 2022


Eligible graduates will be invited to participate in the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony! All students who graduated in fall 2021 or who will graduate in spring 2022, summer 2022, or fall 2022 are invited to commencement.

Attend Grad Fest – Feb 16, 2022. Learn more about Grad Fest here!


Review the online commencement program to ensure that your information is correct before the Commencement program goes to print. The deadline to submit corrections is April 1, 2022 no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Interested in learning more about yearbook, custom stoles, commencement day photos and other commemorative items? For more information, please see the USC Commencement website here!


Graduates must register for commencement by April 8, 2022. Instructions on how to register for commencement were sent directly through Marching Order. 

All students who registered for the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will receive a registration confirmation.

Eligible graduates will receive email with instructions for honor cord pickup.

For May 2022 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.

May 13, 2022 – Commencement Day

Graduates arrive at 7:45 a.m. (PDT) and lineup with their school for the Main University Ceremony. Assembly and procession info can be found here.

Main University Ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. (PDT)

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony begins at approximately 11:00 a.m. (PDT) in Alumni Park

The Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:45 p.m. (PDT)

Attend department receptions (details below).

Dr. Christina Smolke

Christina Smolke is CEO and co-founder of Antheia, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2001. Dr. Smolke, a pioneer in the fields of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, joined Caltech’s faculty in 2003 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and joined Stanford’s faculty in 2009, where she was Professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Smolke’s early work pioneered the design and application of a broad class of RNA molecules, RNA switches, that detect chemical signals and regulate targeted protein activities, providing programmable platforms for building biological sensors and control systems. At Stanford, her team led the breakthrough research to engineer baker’s yeast to produce some of the most complex and valuable plant-based essential medicines known to humankind. At Antheia, her vision and leadership has enabled a synthetic biology platform that dramatically expands the diversity and complexity of molecules that can be reconstructed, enabling new possibilities for drug discovery as well as efficient, sustainable, transparent, on-demand drug manufacturing at scale. Dr. Smolke’s impact in advancing the frontiers of biotechnology has been recognized with numerous awards, including Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, Nature’s 10, AIMBE College of Fellows, NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, NSF Career Award, Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering, WTN Award in Biotechnology, and TR35 Award.

Information for Graduates

Information for Guests

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 on Friday, May 13, 2022.


Reception Location: Rapp Engineering Building (RRB) Courtyard

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm


Questions? Contact Us! | 213.740.4530

University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering

Admission & Student Engagement
Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 110
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Faculty Regalia

Commencement will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 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.

The Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement (VASE) office will coordinate the order and pick up of faculty regalia for any order placed by the deadline below.

Order Deadline
The order form and deadline will be updated soon!

If you miss the order deadline, you may order USC Ph.D. regalia at the University Bookstore. You or your department will be responsible for payment at that time.

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


Published on January 22nd, 2018

Last updated on May 12th, 2022