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Satellite Ceremony 1 / Group 1

The Group 1 Satellite Ceremony takes place at Alumni Park. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the procession of graduates. No tickets are required.

Graduate Information

  • A rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Park.  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 15th, immediately following the main ceremony, proceed directly to Child's Way.

  • Graduate line-up will be located on Child's Way. 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.

  • Click here for the graduate stage procession diagram.

  • 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 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) 121

East Asian Area Studies
College House (CLH) 101

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

Religious Center Courtyard

French and Italian
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 121

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
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 371

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) 256

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