Commencement 2018

Commencement FAQs for Guests

What is Baccalaureate? When and where do the ceremony and dinner take place?

Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, taking place on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 5 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. Baccalaureate dinner for graduates and their families (a pre-paid event, $40 per person) is also available at 6:30 p.m., following the ceremony. Space is limited and last year’s dinner filled to capacity, so we urge you not to delay in making your reservation. Learn more about Baccalaureate.

When and where does the main USC commencement ceremony take place?

The USC main commencement ceremony on May 10, 2019, in Alumni Park opens with a grand academic procession beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by remarks by university leadership, the conferring of honorary degrees, addresses by the the valedictorian and commencement speaker, and the formal transition—the turning of the mortarboard tassel from right to left—that marks the moment when members of the current graduating class officially become USC graduates and alumni. This ceremony is non-ticketed, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

When and where does the satellite ceremony take place?

The USC School of Dramatic Arts undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the USC Bing Theatre. There will be a live webcast of the undergraduate ceremony at

The USC School of Dramatic Arts graduate commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the USC Bing Theatre.

A reception will follow both ceremonies in Queen’s Courtyard for graduates and their guests.

How many tickets will my student receive for their satellite ceremony?


Due to the size of the undergraduate class and limited seating in the Bing Theatre, each qualified undergraduate candidate will receive up to four (4) tickets. Students may request one (1) additional ticket, but additional tickets are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.


There are no tickets for the graduate ceremony.

Are there accommodations for guests with disabilities?

For guests with disabilities, please visit the USC Commencement website for information regarding parking or seating. If assistance is needed for the USC School of Dramatic Arts ceremony, your graduate will need indicate their guest’s needs when filling out the registration form. The student will be contacted in April to confirm any special instructions.

Is there free parking on Commencement Day?

Parking on campus is FREE on this day, but spaces fill up quickly. Additional parking is available at the University Parking Center, located on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Trams will be available to take guests from the Parking Center to campus.

Can I get a DVD copy of the satellite ceremony?

Each graduate will receive one complimentary DVD of either the undergraduate or graduate School of Dramatic Arts Commencement sent to their permanent address. DVDs will be shipped in June 2019.

Where can I go to get more information?

Additional information about the USC Commencement ceremony may be found on the USC Commencement website.

For inquiries about the School of Dramatic Arts satellite ceremony, please call 213-821-4048 or email