USC Commencement: Friday, May 16 Special Media Access Instructions

May 12, 2014

Contact and RSVP: USC News at (213) 740-2215 or; RSVP must be received no later than 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15

The University of Southern California’s commencement ceremony will be held the morning of Friday, May 16, on the University Park Campus. Marc Benioff, CEO and chairman of, will deliver the commencement address. Benioff, B. Wayne Hughes, Shonda L. Rhimes, Phillip A. Sharp, James H. Simons and Twyla Tharp, will receive honorary degrees.

More than 40,000 people, including graduates, their families and friends, will participate in the festivities on campus. There are strict access requirements in place for media organizations.

Media Access:

Space is limited. RSVP to (213) 740-2215 or no later than 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15 to reserve a seat or a spot on the riser.

Media Check-In Time:

No later than 7:45 a.m. on Friday, May 16.

Media Check-In Location:

Steps of the Von KleinSmid Center, just north of Doheny Library and Alumni Park. The ceremony occurs at the center of campus in Alumni Park (see campus map at

Event Start Time:

8:30 a.m. sharp (media must be in place by 8 a.m.)

Event End Time:

10:15 a.m.

Special Parking Arrangements:

News Vans

On-campus parking for broadcast vehicles is on West 34th Street. Enter at Entrance 5 (Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue). A riser and mult box will be available. Once on the riser, media will be asked to remain in place for the duration of the event. For broadcast coordination on the day of the event, contact Carl Marziali at (213) 219-6347 or USC Media Relations at (213) 740-2215.

Print Journalists

Parking will be available for print reporters entering at Entrance 1 on Exposition Boulevard at Watt Way. Show media credential for access.

Click here for a list of satellite speakers, ceremony times and locations or go to for more information.