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Congratulations, 2018 USC Graduates!

University Ceremony

The university ceremony is open to all USC graduates and their guests. Registration is not required to march in the university ceremony. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Alumni Memorial Park
7:30 am Line-up
8:30 am Ceremony

Social Work Ceremonies

The social work ceremonies are where graduates’ names are called and they receive their diploma cover. The social work ceremonies are not ticketed; however, graduates are required to register to participate. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Group 1
Nursing MSN

Friday, May 11, 2018
10:30 am Guest seating
11:00 am Line-up
11:30 am Ceremony, Alumni Memorial Park
1:30 pm Reception, Pardee Way
Watch the Ceremony Live (11:30am)

Group 2
DSW and PhD

Friday, May 11, 2018
1:30 pm Guest seating
2:00 pm Line-up
2:30 pm Ceremony, Alumni Memorial Park
4:30 pm Reception, Pardee Way
Watch the Ceremony Live (2:30pm)

Registration for Social Work Ceremonies

Graduates only need to register if they plan to participate in one of the social work ceremonies. Eligible students can register for commencement here. Please see the eligibility page if you have questions about participation.

Disability Information

If you have a guest with special needs, please note Alumni Memorial Park is wheelchair accessible. Guests should bring their own wheelchair. There is a limited number of wheelchairs that can be checked out from the university. Wheelchairs or wheelchair seating cannot be reserved. Due to limited space, special needs guests can only have one escort accompany them in the designated seating area. For more information regarding special needs, please visit our disability information page and the university’s disability information page.

Social Work Receptions

All graduates and guests are invited to the receptions following the social work ceremonies. Refreshments will be served. You do not have to RSVP; we only ask that you register for a ceremony.

Dean’s List

Only undergraduates wear honor cords at USC. However, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Dean’s List and Honorable Mention graduates receive an honor stole from the school. Graduates who are eligible will be contacted by Student Services.

Cap & Gown Rentals

Regalia, or what is known informally as cap and gown, can be rented at the USC Bookstore starting on May 3 until 11:00 am on commencement day. Graduates who do not live locally can order online starting February 14 until April 30 to have it shipped. Graduates may wear military dress uniform instead of a cap and gown. Both are considered ceremonial dress and appropriate for commencement ceremonies.


STA Travel is the official travel agency for commencement and can be reached at (213) 254-2662 or (800) 781-4040.


Non-graduating students can sign up to assist with ushering and other duties at the social work ceremony.

Grad Gala

The Grad Gala is organized by the Graduation Committee. It will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Trojan Grand Ballroom. If you have questions, contact Graduation Chair Alejandra Cockrell.


Hillary Chisum
Senior Director, Engagement & Events

Joshua Watson
Director, Student Services

Alejandra Cockrell
Graduation Committee Chair