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Commencement 2018


Dear Students, Families, Friends, Faculty, and Staff,

This year, we will be celebrating the very first commencement of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.  It is with special pride we will be graduating thirty exceptional students who, as true pioneers, ventured into the unknown with our unprecedented program four years ago.  We look forward to congratulating our inaugural class for their remarkable growth and achievements as they forge ahead into the next chapter of their lives.

The University's main ceremony will take place on May 11, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at Alumni Memorial Park.  The Academy's luncheon and ceremony will follow the main ceremony.  Please refer to commencement-related dates and information below.

Important Dates & Times

USC Academy Ceremony Rehearsal
Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bovard Auditorium
*Lunch will be served after the rehearsal in the Garage. The lunch will be for graduating seniors and faculty only.

USC Main Commencement Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m. (Line up)
           8:30 a.m. (Ceremony)
Location: Alumni Memorial Park (map)

USC Iovine and Young Academy Luncheon (Tickets required)
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Associates Park   

USC Iovine and Young Academy Commencement Ceremony (Tickets required)
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. (Check in/Line up)*
           2:30 p.m. (Ceremony)
Location: Bovard Auditorium

*Graduates must promptly check in at 2:00 p.m. at Bovard. Please be on time.

Commencement Day Schedule for Academy Students

May 11, 2018
7:30 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
12:00 p.m. Luncheon in Associates Park
2:00 p.m. Check In/Line up at Bovard Auditorium
2:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins

Guests and Tickets

Tickets are required for the USC Iovine and Young Academy Luncheon and Ceremony.  Students will be contacted in late January on how to request tickets. Tickets will be distributed to students in late April.


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 (, 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.

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 April 27th through May 11th at the University Bookstore. Rental of regalia is 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 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 2017 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.

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 for more information or to pre-register online.


The Academy ceremony will be available for viewing online after the ceremony.

Commencement Book

The Commencement Book lists every USC graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018, 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 9:00 a.m. on May 11, 2018. These books will only be available at the main ceremony (Alumni Park), and NOT at the USC Iovine and Young Academy Ceremony.

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