usc MSW graduates


Congratulations, 2019 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 10, 2019
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
DSW and PhD

Friday, May 10, 2019
10:30 am Guest seating
11:00 am Graduate seating
11:30 am Ceremony, Alumni Memorial Park
1:30 pm Reception, Pardee Way
Watch the Ceremony Live (11:30am) 

Group 2

Friday, May 10, 2019
1:30 pm Guest seating
2:00 pm Graduate seating
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. Online registration has closed. Email for assistance. 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.

Cap & Gown Rentals

Regalia, or what is known informally as cap and gown, can be rented at the USC Bookstore starting on May 1 until 10:00 am on commencement day. Graduates also have the option to order online starting February 13 until April 30 to have it shipped for a fee. Graduates may wear military dress uniform instead of a cap and gown. Both are considered ceremonial dress and appropriate for commencement ceremonies.


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

Grad Gala

The Graduation Committee's Golden Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 8. Ticketing and event info here. If you have questions, contact Graduation Chair Alexandra Zaragoza.


Hillary Chisum
Holly Gonzalez Nava
Events Office

Joshua Watson
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Alexandra Zaragoza
Graduation Committee Chair