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FAQs

General Questions

How do I verify if I am graduating?

When do I receive my diploma?

How can USC help the Visa process for out of the country guests attending Commencement?

 

Satellite Ceremony

Which Satellite Ceremony do I attend?

Who can participate in the Satellite Ceremonies?

Do I have to register to participate in the Satellite Ceremony?

Are the Satellite Ceremonies ticketed?

Are honors recipients recognized at the Satellite Ceremony?

Are PhD and/or Master’s graduates recognized at the Satellite Ceremony?

Are professional pictures taken at the Satellite Ceremony?

 

Main Ceremony

Where do I line up for the Main Ceremony?

Who is the Commencement Speaker?

Do I have to attend the Main Ceremony?

 

Regalia/Honors Cords

When and where do I rent/purchase regalia?

Am I eligible for honors cords? Where do I get them?

 

Commencement Program

Will my name be listed in the Commencement Program?
What is the process for checking my name for the Commencement Program?

Disability Services

What services are available for students who are disabled?
What services available for disabled guests attending Commencement?

Receptions

Does my department have a reception?

 

General Questions

 

How do I verify if I am graduating?

Students can verify their graduation date by checking their STARS Report on Oasis. Graduation dates will be listed by semester, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2013. If this information is incorrect, please contact Degree Progress. (213) 740-7070 or visit their website.

 

When do I receive my diploma?

At the time of Commencement graduation status has yet to be determined; therefore diplomas are not handed out on Commencement Day. Once a student’s grades have been confirmed, diplomas will be mailed out. Diplomas are generally mailed within 4 to 8 weeks of the conclusion of your graduating semester. If you need official verification of your degree before you receive your diploma, please contact the Verification or Transcript Department. After receiving the email notification that your degree has been granted, you may request to pick up your diploma. If you requested "Hold for Pick-up", or if your mailing address is in the 90007 or 90089 zip code, the Degree Progress Department will mail you a notice when your diploma is ready for pick up.

 

How can USC help the Visa process for out of the country guests attending Commencement?

The Office of International Services can provide documentation to help speed up the Visa process. They are located on the 3rd floor of the Student Union. Contact information: (213) 740-2666, http://sait.usc.edu/ois.

 

Satellite Ceremony

 

Which Satellite Ceremony do I attend?

USC Dornsife hosts four simultaneous Satellite Ceremonies. For a listing of departments grouped by Satellite Ceremony, click here.

 

Who can participate in the Satellite Ceremonies?

It is strongly advised that only those expecting to graduate in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 or have already graduated in Fall 2013 walk.  Further, participating in Commencement does not confirm your graduation.

 

Do I have to register to participate in the Satellite Ceremony?

USC Dornsife does not require registration to participate in the Satellite Ceremonies.  On the day of Commencement graduates will line up with their department at the appropriate Satellite Ceremony location. Students participating in Commencement are encouraged to attend a rehearsal the day prior to Commencement.

 

Are the Satellite Ceremonies ticketed?

No, USC Dornsife’s Satellite Ceremonies do not require tickets. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

 

Are honors recipients recognized at the Satellite Ceremony?

Students who receive departmental honors are recognized during the Satellite Ceremony and are listed in the program. Departmental Honors are determined by individual department criteria.

USC Dornsife recognizes those students who have excelled academically by providing honor cords to be worn on Commencement Day. All eligible USC Dornsife students have the option of wearing honor cords.  To qualify, a student must be eligible to graduate and have a minimum of a 3.5 University GPA at the beginning of spring semester 2014. All students who meet the qualifications will receive an email in April with instructions for picking up honor cords.

 

Are PhD and/or Master’s graduates recognized at the Satellite Ceremony?

PhD and Master’s graduates lead the graduate procession at each Satellite Ceremony. PhD graduates are recognized by the speaker but do not process across the stage as they attend a separate hooding ceremony the day prior to Commencement. Masters students lead the procession across the stage followed by the undergraduate students.

 

Are professional pictures taken at the Satellite Ceremony?

Professional photography is provided by Grad Images. Approximately three posed photos will be taken of graduates: before walking onto stage, after receiving the diploma cover with the Dean or Vice Dean, and posed with diploma cover after walking off stage. Grad Images emails students with a link to view these photos and instructions for purchasing them shortly after Commencement. Click here for more information from Grad Images. If you have not received the email or have questions, please call Grad Images Customer Service at 1-800-261-2576.

 

Main Ceremony

 

Where do I line up for the Main Ceremony?

Line up for graduates begins at 8:00 a.m. with the procession into Alumni Memorial Park beginning at 8:30 a.m.  USC Dornsife graduates line up according to Satellite Ceremony Group.  Click here for a map  of assembly points.

  • Group 1 and 3 line up in column  E

  • Group 2 lines up in column F

 

Who is the Commencement Speaker?

Click here for more information on the 2014 Main Ceremony Commencement speaker.

 

Do I have to attend the Main Ceremony?

While you are not required to attend the Main Ceremony, participation is strongly encouraged.  The Main Ceremony is when President C.L. Max Nikias confers your degree and you are officially graduated.

 

Regalia/Honors Cords

 

When and where do I rent/purchase regalia?

Regalia is available beginning May 5th through May 16th at 12pm at the University Bookstore. Ordering, measurement and distribution of regalia will take place on the 3rd floor of the Bookstore. For rental charges and further information regarding regalia, please click here.

 

Am I eligible for honors cords? Where do I get them?

USC Dornsife recognizes those students who have excelled academically by providing honor cords to be worn on Commencement Day. All eligible USC Dornsife students have the option of wearing honor cords.  To qualify, a student must be eligible to graduate and have a minimum of a 3.5 University GPA at the beginning of spring semester 2014. All students who meet the qualifications will receive an email in April with instructions for picking up honor cords.

 

Commencement Program

 

Will my name be listed in the Commencement Program?

Students can verify graduation dates by checking their STARS Report on Oasis.  Students who are indicated to be graduating in Spring 2014 will be listed in the Commencement Program.

 

What is the process for checking my name for the Commencement Program?

Students may check the spelling of their name in the Commencement Program on April 9th and 10th at University Publications (STU 400) or Degree Progress (JHH 010).

 

Disability Services

 

What services available for disabled guests attending Commencement?

For guests with disabilities, please enter campus through Gate #2, located on Figueroa Street and drop off in front of the Widney Alumni House. Cars will then be directed to park at the PS1 structure located at the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition (enter through gate on Flower). If additional information is required, call USC Transportation Services at 213-740-3575. There will be a limited number of wheelchairs available for checkout, free of charge, in front of the Alumni House for those who are in need of this service. Because of the large crowds, navigating across campus for the entire day may be physically challenging. Family members who believe they will need additional assistance may want to consider bringing or checking out a wheelchair.

USC Campus Cruiser will be making regular stops at USC tram stops (where vehicular access has not been impeded due to Commencement) to help transport guests who require additional assistance.

Additionally, there is special seating at the Main Ceremony and Satellite Ceremony for guests with disabilities, including ones requiring sign language interpretation. Due to space limitations, we ask that only one family member accompany the guest with disabilities into this special seating area.

For more information about Disability Services at the Main Ceremony, click here.

In March students will be notified by email to send requests for disability seating or  services needed at the Satellite Ceremony. Click here for more information and how to submit a request for the Satellite Ceremony. Guests will be required to check-in.

 

Receptions

 

Does my department have a reception?

All USC Dornsife Departments hold a reception for graduates and their families following the Satellite Ceremonies. Click here for a list of reception locations.