2022 USC and Chan Division Commencement Ceremonies
Livestream the 2022 Ceremonies
Livestream video of all USC commencement ceremonies will be available starting Wednesday, May 11, at commencement.usc.edu.
Main USC Commencement Ceremony
May 13, 2022, marks the 139th Commencement Day for graduates of the University of Southern California.
USC’s main Commencement ceremony on May 13 opens with a grand academic procession beginning at 8:30am. The ceremony begins at 9:00am at Alumni Park, and will include remarks by university leadership, the conferring of honorary degrees, addresses by the valedictorian and commencement speaker and the formal conferring of degrees that marks the moment when members of the current graduating class officially become USC alumni.
Assembly and Procession
Students line up in Section C at 8:00am.
Processional begins at 8:30am.
Ceremony begins at 9:00am.
Cap and Tassel Protocol
Caps should be worn at all times, except during the invocation, benediction and National Anthem, when gentlemen should remove their caps. The tassel is worn over the right temple. When the president salutes the graduates, it is appropriate for graduates to respond by tipping their caps. Graduates may then move their tassels over to the left side.
Chan Division Commencement Ceremony
The combined ceremony for the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy follows, starting at 11:00am, and is expected to last about two hours. After the conclusion of the main ceremony, please proceed directly to the lawn west of Leavey Library. USC Chan degree candidates will line up according to degree. Please arrive no later than 10:30am.
The division’s 2022 Commencement speaker is former USC adjunct faculty member Dr. Lela Llorens. During a career that spanned more than 50 years from the 1950s into the 21st century, Dr. Llorens has been an outstanding scholar, exemplary educator and consummate ambassador for occupational therapy. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including being the first Black/African American person to receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the profession’s highest scholarly honor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University; a Master of Arts degree in vocational rehabilitation from Wayne State University (Detroit); and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in education and occupational therapy from Walden University (Minneapolis).
Cap & Gown
Please refer to commencement.usc.edu/caps-and-gowns-regalia for details and pricing for renting and purchasing regalia. Regalia rental includes a tassel, which can be kept as a souvenir. Graduate students: Please note the color of your hood when ordering regalia.
OTD: Rhodes Blue (a.k.a. Slate Blue)
PhD: Dark Blue
Honor Cords (undergraduate students only)
Honor cords, which may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the fall semester, are available from the division. The division will notify you by mid-April if you are eligible to wear an honor cord. Note: Academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after Commencement, and include all coursework (including transfer work).
Chan Division Reception
The reception will take place at the Social Science Lawn immediately following the division ceremony, and is expected to last about one hour.
The Chan Division ceremony does not require tickets.
Map / Directions
Guests with Disabilities
The university has a no-pets policy at the main and satellite commencement ceremonies; service dogs are exempt.
Commencement Day activities may involve prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen, water and hats are recommended.
The USC Chan Division’s 2021 Virtual Commencement Celebration was held on Thursday, May 13. The Commencement Speaker was Neil Harvison PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chief of Knowledge at the American Occupational Therapy Association. View/download the USC Chan 2021 Virtual Commencement Celebration program.
In-person Chan Commencement Ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021
The USC Chan Division’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, May 14, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, alongside the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, and USC Bovard College. The Commencement Speaker was Bina Venkataraman, a journalist and author whose outlook unites science, compassion and optimism.
The USC Chan Division’s 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebration was held on Friday, May 15, immediately following the university’s Virtual Conferring of Degrees at 2020trojan.usc.edu/chan. View/download the USC Chan 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony program.