Friday, May 15, 2020
USC COMMENCEMENT COVID-19 UPDATE:
2020 USC COMMENCEMENT IN-PERSON CEREMONIES ARE POSTPONED. WE PLAN TO HAVE AN IN-PERSON, ON-CAMPUS CELEBRATION THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ONCE TRAVEL AND LARGE GROUP EVENTS BECOME SAFE AND PERMITTED. PLEASE VISIT USC’S MAIN COMMENCEMENT WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND ANY CONCERNS. CONTACT VITERBI.STUDENTSERVICES@USC.EDU FOR QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO THE VITERBI UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY.
Main University Ceremony – Postponed
No Tickets Required
Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony – Postponed
No Tickets Required
The keynote speaker at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony will be announced soon. Please scroll down for more information.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Viterbi Keynote Speaker 2020 will be announced soon!
Information for Graduates
Information for Guests
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.
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Reception Location: Courtyard between Staufer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) and Rapp Engineering Building (RRB)
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
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.
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.