General Information

  • The Group One Satellite Ceremony takes place on The Allyson Felix Field.
  • The ceremony will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 12, 2023 with the procession of graduates.


Graduate Information

  • A rehearsal will be held the week of Commencement on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 12:00 P.M. on the Allyson Felix Field (formerly Cromwell Field. Students planning to participate in the Satellite Ceremony are strongly encouraged to attend rehearsal.
  • On May 12th, immediately following the main ceremony, proceed directly to the Allyson Felix Field.
  • Signs will direct graduates to the check in and line up area. Ph.D. graduates, Masters graduates and Undergraduates will line up separately.
  • 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, 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 One Department Receptions:

Each USC Dornsife department hosts a reception immediately following the Group One Satellite Ceremony.  Graduates in that major and their guests are invited to attend. Click here to download a USC Campus Map.


Click on your major below to find out details about your Satellite Ceremony:

American Studies and Ethnicity
Kaprielian Hall (KAP) 445

Interdisciplinary Studies
Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) Courtyard

Biological Sciences
Ray R. Irani Hall Atrium (RRI)

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 116

Comparative Literature
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 119, 121

Grace Ford Salvatori (GFS) West Lobby

Quantitative and Computational Biology
Michelson Center (MCB) and
Irani Hall (RRI) Courtyard

Kaprielian Hall (KAP) Patio: Northeast Side

Earth Sciences
USC Fisher Museum of Art (HAR) Courtyard

Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 107

University Religious Center (URC) Courtyard

Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP) Courtyard

Environmental Studies Program
Center for International and Public Affairs (CPA)
Tyler Prize Pavilion

Political Science and International Relations
Center for International and Public Affairs (CPA)
Suryan Plaza

French and Italian
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 119

Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture (CJRC)

Human Biology
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) Front Lawn