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Satellite Ceremony 1 / Group 1

The Group 1 Satellite Ceremony takes place on Brittingham Field. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the procession of graduates. The ceremony is not ticketed; however seating is limited. This site offers roughly five (5) guest seats per graduate. Thank you for planning accordingly.

Graduate Information

  • A rehearsal will be held the week of Commencement.  Students planning to participate in the Satellite Ceremony are strongly encouraged to attend. An email with rehearsal date and time will be sent to graduating students in April

  • On May 13th, immediately following the main ceremony, proceed directly to Brittingham Field

  • Signs will direct graduates to the line-up area. Undergraduates will line up by major; PhD graduates and Masters graduates will line up separately

  • Before getting into line, completely fill out a namecard found on tables in the line up area. A Commencement staff member will collect the card from you before you process onto stage

  • A graduate stage procession diagram will be available in the spring

  • Once all graduates have processed and are seated, the satellite ceremony will begin. A Dean's Office representative will preside over the ceremony. Each graduate will proceed to the stage by major to have their name announced and receive their diploma cover

  • Three professional pictures will be taken, one before you receive your diploma cover, one while receiving your diploma cover and one with your diploma cover

  • After you receive your diploma all graduates must return to their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony


Group 1 Department Receptions:

Each Group 1 department in USC Dornsife hosts a reception immediately following the Group Satellite Ceremony.  Graduates in that major and their guests are invited to attend. 

Please see below for Department Reception Locations.

Art History
Lawn behind Social Sciences Building (SOS)

Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 256

Comparative Literature
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 116 and 110

East Asian Area Studies
College Academic Services Building (CAS) 100

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 371

Religious Center Courtyard

French and Italian
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 116 and 110

Gender Studies
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 420

Social Sciences Building (SOS), Room 250

Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Ahmanson Center (ACB), Room 330

Interdisciplinary Studies 
Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) Courtyard

Master in Liberal Studies

Master in Professional Writing
Alan Hancock Building (AHF), Torrey Webb Room

Middle East Studies
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 256

Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) Courtyard

Ahmanson Center (ACB) 330

Slavic Languages and Literatures
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 271

Spanish and Portuguese 
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 116 and 110