2024 Commencement

Group photo of USC Bovard College MS in Human Resource Management graduates at 2018 commencement

USC Bovard College Commencement Ceremony


The USC Bovard College Ceremony takes place on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. in Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad) at USC’s main campus. RSVPs are required to attend. The ceremony will last about 1 1/2 hours, with a reception immediately following for Bovard College graduates and their guests. While we do not ticket, space is limited, so we request that each graduate limit their guest count to no more than 5 people.

Our ceremony will also be live streamed for those unable to attend. If you are planning to watch the event via live stream, please plan to navigate to the site a couple of minutes early to give yourself time to navigate to the Bovard College ceremony.

USC Main Commencement Ceremony (All candidates)

The 141st Commencement at the University of Southern California will be held on May 10, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. at Alumni Memorial Park. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. The ceremony is also live streamed on the USC website. All graduates and their guests are invited to the main commencement ceremony, which lasts about 1 ½-2 hours. During the ceremony, President Folt awards honorary degrees, acknowledges our undergraduate salutatorians and valedictorian, and congratulates graduates.


Q: What is the timeline for Commencement?
A: The Bovard College Master’s Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. Students will be asked to line up in full regalia between 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. near the Epstein Family Plaza (E-Quad). Some students may choose to attend only the Bovard College Master’s Ceremony.

For the Main Commencement ceremony, candidates who wish to walk in the procession are to assemble promptly at 7:30 a.m. and all guests are required to be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. The Procession begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony concludes around 10:00 a.m.


Q: By when do I need to RSVP to the Bovard College Ceremony?
A: Students must RSVP through the Marching Order system by end of day Friday, March 1, 2024. Even if you will not be attending, please still RSVP and indicate that on the form.


Q: How do I rent or purchase my cap and gown?
A: Students may rent or purchase regalia online starting in February by following the instructions here.

Q: How do I get my hood, and what color will it be?
A: A hood is included with your regalia rental order by indicating which degree you will receiving. Unless you purchase your hood, it must be returned. The hood color for USC Bovard College is white.

Q: If I have graduated from another USC school, can I wear my robe from that ceremony?
A: Yes, you may.

Q: Where and when do I return my rented regalia?
A: After the ceremony and reception, please return your rented regalia (excluding the cap and tassel) to the USC Bookstore (located just north of our reception area). There will also be return bins located throughout campus.


Q: Will we receive tickets for our guests to attend commencement, and if so, how many?
A: Tickets are not required for the Bovard College ceremony; however, we request you plan to bring no more than 5 guests. Our ceremony will also be live streamed for those unable to attend.


Q: What else do my guests need to know?
A: Make sure your guests know the location of the ceremony. Your guests should allow plenty of time to travel to campus, park, and walk to the ceremony – about 60,000 people are anticipated to be on campus for Commencement.


Q: Will there be a photographer at Commencement?
A: Yes, there will be a photographer with USC Bovard College who will be capturing images of our students at both ceremonies. Those photos will be shared with students after the event. GradImages will also be taking photos of all students as they collect their diploma and exit the stage during the USC Bovard College ceremony. You may register with GradImages before the event to receive a discount on photo packages.


Q: Who will be the guest speaker at the USC Bovard College ceremony?
A: Our guest speaker is TBD.


Q: When should I expect my diploma to arrive and will it arrive in a hard cover?
A: Diplomas are mailed 4-8 weeks after the conclusion of your final semester; they are mailed in a cardboard envelope sent via first class mail. Please log in to my.usc.edu and check in Oasis to verify that your name and permanent address are correct by March 15th.

Q: How much do I have to pay for the shipping of my diploma?
A: There is no cost for shipping; diplomas are mailed to the student’s permanent address on file. Local students may come to campus to pick up their diploma. Contact the USC Diploma Department at 213-740-7070.


Q: Where can I purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames?
A: Students can purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames online at the USC Bookstore. These are optional purchases.


Q: What do I need to bring on Commencement Day?
A: You will need to bring your GradPass with you to the USC Bovard College Ceremony – you may either print a paper copy or save to your phone. We recommend taking a screenshot of the pass if you plan to bring it on your phone in case of connectivity issues.

Q: What if I am unable to attend commencement?
A: The Main USC Ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook, starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 10, 2024. We will provide the USC Bovard College ceremony link closer to Commencement.

View the live stream of the 2023 ceremony here.

Q: How many times per year does commencement take place?
A: Commencement takes place once per year, in May.

Q: Are graduates required to attend the main USC Commencement Ceremony?
A: No, participation is optional.

Q: How much time will it take to exit campus after Commencement?
A: Allow approximately one hour to get off campus.

Q: What is the Baccalaureate Ceremony?
A: Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests. It is held in the evening on Thursday, May 9th and is optional to attend.

Q: Where can I find a map to navigate my way around campus?
A: This map indicates the locations of the Main USC Commencement and USC Bovard College’s commencement ceremony. A campus map of water stations, restrooms, and regalia return can be found here.

Q: Are there any fees or costs associated with Commencement?
A: There are no fees for participating in commencement. You only need to rent or purchase your regalia. A class ring, announcements, etc. are optional.

Q: Can I bring my child/grandma/pet/etc. across the stage with me?
A: No, this is not allowed for liability reasons.

Q: Is parking complimentary for guests?
A: Parking for all official commencement events is complimentary. However, we do recommend alternative modes of transportation, such as Lyft, Uber, or public transportation. Parking is not guaranteed. Please allow plenty of time to travel to, park, and walk across campus. The Downey Way parking structure is closest to our satellite ceremony location.

Q: What should I wear?
A: You will likely be walking around campus before and after graduation, so we recommend dressing for comfort. Part of the ceremony may require walking through grass, so keep that in mind when choosing shoes.

Q: When should I get to campus?
A: For the USC Bovard College ceremony, plan to arrive between 10:15 am and 10:45 a.m. to line up. If you are planning to participate in the main USC ceremony, we recommend getting there no later than 7:30 a.m. to line up and for your guests to get seats.

Q: What should I do with my personal items during the ceremony?
A: Please leave your personal items (purses, bags, backpacks, etc.) with your guests so that you do not have to wear/carry them walking into or during the ceremony. Ensure your guests are around early enough, so that you may give them your personal items before you line up.

Q: What if I have additional questions regarding commencement that are not answered here?
A: Please contact support@bovardcollege.usc.edu

We will share more information as it becomes available. Please refer to the university’s Commencement website for the most up-to-date information.