USC commencement: Friday, May 11, media access

May 8, 2018

Contact and RSVP: Ron Mackovich, (213) 810-8583 or

RSVP must be received no later than 10 a.m., Thursday, May 10.

The University of Southern California’s commencement ceremony will be held the morning of Friday, May 11, on the University Park Campus. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and pioneering oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee will deliver the commencement address. Mukherjee, Charlie Beck, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., Jennifer A. Doudna and Forest Whitaker will receive honorary degrees.

Media Access:

Space is limited. RSVP to (213) 810-8583 or no later than 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, to reserve a seat or a spot on the riser.

Media Check-In Time:

No later than 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12. All media will be asked to show credentials.

Please allow extra time for travel and parking. The event is attended by about 60,000, and there are lane restrictions along Figueroa Street.

Media Check-In Location:

South of Doheny Library at Childs Way, near the main stage. The ceremony is held at the center of campus in Alumni Park. Click here to view or print a commencement map.

Commencement activities may involve prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen, water, and hats are recommended.

Event Start Time:
8:30 a.m. sharp (Media must be in place by 8 a.m. Late arrivals may not be admitted.)

Event end time: 10:15 a.m.

Parking for news vans

On-campus parking for broadcast vehicles is on West 34th Street. Use Downey Way entrance (off Vermont Avenue at 36th Place), turn left on McClintock Avenue, then right on West 34th Street. Overflow parking may be available on West 37th Place between Watt Way and McClintock Avenue (Downey Way entrance, turn right at McClintock and left at West 37th).

A riser and multbox will be available. Once on the riser, media will be asked to remain in place for the duration of the event.

General media parking

Use Downey Way entrance (off Vermont Avenue at 36th Place). Show media credential for access to Parking Structure A (PSA).

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