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Commencement 2019

The 2019 USC Iovine and Young Academy satellite commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in Bovard Auditiorium. A reception will follow immediately in Associates Park. 

The ceremony will be live streamed for remote viewing on the Academy's YouTube channel. 

Important Dates & Times

USC Academy Ceremony Rehearsal
Date: Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bovard Auditorium

Lunch will be served after the rehearsal in the Garage.*

*For graduating students only.

136th Annual Commencement Ceremonies (USC Main Ceremony)
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. (Line up)
           8:30 a.m. (Ceremony)
Location: Click here for a map of assembly points

USC Iovine and Young Academy Satellite Commencement Ceremony (Tickets required)
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.*
Location: Bovard Auditorium
Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Reception immediately following in Associates Park.

*Graduates must promptly check in at 11:00 a.m. at Bovard. Please be on time.

Commencement Day Schedule for Academy Students

May 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. Students line up for USC Main Ceremony at Alumni Park
8:30 a.m. Main Ceremony begins
10:15 a.m. Main Ceremony ends
11:00 a.m. Check In/Line up at Bovard Auditorium
11:30 a.m. Academy Commencement Ceremony begins
Reception will begin immediately following the ceremony

Guests and Tickets

Tickets are required for the USC Iovine and Young Academy Commencement Ceremony and Reception.  All guests, including children, must have a ticket to enter the ceremony and luncheon. Students will be contacted in late January on how to request tickets. Tickets will be distributed to students in late April.

Grad Fest: February 13 & 14

Grad Fest will take place in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on February 13 and 14th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Commencement Commemorative Items

Commemorative items, such as custom stoles, class rings, yearbooks, etc. are available at the USC Bookstore. For more information please click here.

Cap and Gown Rental

Official USC Regalia (Cap and Gown) MUST be worn at BOTH the USC and the USC Iovine and Young Academy Ceremonies. Any graduate not wearing appropriate regalia will not be permitted to participate.

Regalia is available at the University Bookstore. Rental of regalia is also available through the USC Bookstore. Please return your cap, gown, and hood after the ceremony at the drop-off area outside the Bookstore.

Custom sashes can be ordered through the Bookstore for an additional cost.  USC Iovine and Young Academy is one of the choices that can be added.


Honor cords are provided by USC Iovine and Young Academy and will be distributed to undergraduate students closer to the ceremony. Honor cords may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the Fall 2018 semester.

Note: Eligibility to wear honor cords is not an indication that academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/academic record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after commencement.

Commencement Book

The Commencement Book lists every USC graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019, provided they verified their information with Degree Progress or University Publications prior to printing.

The Commencement Book is the program for USC's Main Ceremony which begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 10, 2019. These books will only be available at the main ceremony (Alumni Park), and NOT at the USC Iovine and Young Academy Ceremony.

Graduate Photos

Grad Images will photograph all graduates at the USC Iovine and Young Academy Ceremony as each one crosses the stage.  Grad Images will email complimentary proofs to graduates within 24 hours after the ceremony provided they completed a Commencement Reader Card before the ceremony.  Everyone's photo will be taken.  No obligation to purchase.  Please visit www.gradimages.com for more information or to pre-register online.


Parking in any USC parking structure is free on Commencement Day. Parking is extremely limited on campus, and due to the large crowds, parking usually fills up by 7:00 a.m. Please arrive early to obtain parking. The closest structures in which to park near the Academy ceremony are the McCarthy Way and Downey Way Structures. 

We recommend you take Metro (www.metro.net), if at all possible. It will be running on its usual schedule. Exit Expo Park/USC Station. For more information on USC parking and transportation, please click here.

For more information, please visit USC's commencement website.