All eligible graduates are required to wear regalia in order to participate in their Dornsife ceremony. For graduates wishing to rent a cap with tassel, gown, and hood in person, the USC Bookstore will hold an in-person distribution beginning Monday, May 6, 2024, on the USC Bookstore Patio.



Days and hours:

• Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 from 8:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

• Commencement Day, Friday, May 10 from 6:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Cap and Gown Specialists will be present to provide assistance the bottom of the bookstore stairs closest to TCC. Please visit Rent Regalia ( for more information.

USC Dornsife recognizes those students who have excelled academically by providing honor cords to be worn on Commencement Day. 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 2023.

All students who meet the qualifications will receive an email in mid-April with instructions for picking up honor cords.

For the in-person Dornsife ceremonies, should you or your guests require disability seating or services, please click here to submit a request. The deadline to submit a request is Friday, May 3, 2024.

Guests will be required to check-in.

A student rehearsal will be held the week of commencement on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. on the Allyson Felix Field for graduates participating in the Dornsife ceremonies on Friday, May 10, 2024. Rehearsal is not mandatory, but encouraged so graduates can learn more about their “day-of” commencement experience.

The Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony does not have a rehearsal.

Tickets will be required to access campus and all commencement events taking place on May 8-11, 2024. Graduating students will be able to reserve, free of charge, tickets for themselves and up to eight named guests. Tickets will not be transferrable. There will be an appeal process if more tickets are needed. Ticket reservations will begin soon.

All USC Dornsife Departments hold a reception for graduates and their families.

USC Dornsife departments participating in ceremony one host individual receptions immediately following USC Dornsife Ceremony One. Graduates of the individual department and their guests are invited to attend.

USC Dornsife departments participating in ceremony two host individual receptions during ceremony one. Graduates of the individual department and their guests are invited to attend. Click here for a list of reception locations.

For more information on parking, please visit Note that traffic is expected to be heavy, so allow plenty of time to locate parking, go through security and make your way to the ceremony site.

We recommend graduates and guests come prepared with comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, and light snacks.

We also recommend fully charging your devices before heading to the ceremony and packing lightly.

All items are to be kept in a clear bag per the clear bag policy. USC’s Clear Bag Policy, familiar to those who have attended USC Athletics games, restricts the types and sizes of bags allowed when entering the campus for commencement related activities. The following exceptions apply:

  • One clear bag made of plastic, vinyl, or PVC, not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12”, or a one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (e.g., Ziploc bag).
  • In addition to the clear bag, guests may carry a small clutch bag or purse, approximately hand-sized, with or without a handle or strap.
  • Medically necessary items may be allowed after proper inspection.

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage, oversized seat cushions with pockets or metal structures, computer bags and camera bags.

Virtual programs will be available online and accessible via QR code on Commencement Day. Guests will have the option to print from home, should they wish to have a paper copy after the event.

Can’t make it to the ceremony in-person? USC Dornsife Ceremonies will be live streamed! Please be sure to check our website on event day for more information and access to the webcast.