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Satellite Ceremony 3 / Group 3

General Information

  • The Group 3 Satellite Ceremony takes place on Cromwell Field
  • The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the procession of graduates
  • The ceremony is not ticketed
  • Guests may access Cromwell Field no earlier than 1:30 p.m.
  • Bleacher seating can accommodate roughly two (2) guest seats per graduate.  Ample standing room is available
  • Guest areas are not covered

Thank you for planning accordingly.

Graduate Information

  • A rehearsal will be held the week of Commencement on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00pm on Cromwell Field. Students planning to participate in the Satellite Ceremony are strongly encouraged to attend

  • On May 13th, immediately following the main ceremony, proceed directly to your departmental reception. Plan to arrive at Cromwell Field at 1:30 p.m.

  • Graduate line-up will be located behind the stage. 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 go on stage to receive your diploma cover

  • The graduate stage procession diagram is available by clicking here

  • 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 3 Department Receptions:

Each Group 3 department in USC Dornsife hosts a reception preceeding the Group Satellite Ceremony.  Graduates in that major and their guests are invited to attend. 

Please see below for Department Reception Locations.


Kaprielian Hall (KAP) Patio, South Side

International Relations
Social Sciences (SOS) Lawn

Political Science
Von KleinSmid Center (VKC), North Patio

Taper Hall (THH), Front Lawn