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USC Gould School of Law Commencement

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:30pm in Founders Park on the USC Campus

USC Gould School of Law

Commencement Speaker

The keynote speaker for this year's Gould School of Law Commencement Ceremony will be announced soon.

Announcements/Diploma Covers/Rings

The law school will provide each graduate with ten (10) complimentary commencement announcements for the law school ceremony. Announcements will be placed in student boxes in late March/early April. An email will be sent to all graduates when the announcements have been delivered. If you do NOT need all ten announcements, we encourage you to bring your extras to the Events Office in room 475 so that they can be given to those who would like additional announcements. The Events Office will have a sign-up sheet for those who would like additional announcements. Further instructions will be provided in a handout distributed with the announcements.

You will be given a complimentary diploma cover from the law school when you receive your diploma.

In addition, USC graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames are sold by USC's official commencement vendor, Herff Jones and should be ordered through USC's Commencement Accessories webpage.

Caps and Gowns

Students need to rent regalia from the USC Bookstore which is located on campus near Tommy Trojan.

  • Beginning May 1 go to the 3rd floor "supply desk" at the USC bookstore and inform the staff member at the desk that you are a law graduate. Note: they will not be able to take your order until May 1.
  • A bookstore staff member will take your measurements (height, weight and cap size) before giving you your regalia.
  • If you are a J.D. student, please make sure that you receive the RED doctoral gown, a DARK PURPLE (not lavender) hood and a YELLOW (not black) tassel.
  • If you are a LL.M. or M.C.L. student, please make sure that you receive the BLACK master's gown, a DARK PURPLE (not lavender) hood and a BLACK tassel.
  • Doctoral regalia rents for: $99.99. Master's degree regalia rents for approximately $79.99.


The ceremony and reception will take place in Founders Park. This venue is located on the University Park Campus near Bovard Auditorium and Taper Hall. Click here for campus map.


Students must report to Founders Park no later than 2:30pm on May 12. It is important that you arrive on time as it takes a considerable amount of time to line up all of the graduates.

Family and friends should be seated by 3:15pm so commencement can begin promptly at 3:30pm. We ask that you take only the seats you will use so that we are able to provide seating for everyone.

Please be sure to allow plenty of time to get to campus and to walk to our ceremony location. Several other ceremonies will be taking place on campus that day. You should encourage family and friends to bring the map with them as the University will not have directional signs posted for the various ceremonies. We strongly recommend that you find Founders Park before commencement day as the campus will look a lot different when you arrive on May 12.


We do NOT require tickets for the law school's ceremony or reception.


Commencement is held outdoors in Founders Park. Some of the area will be shaded by trees, but please be prepared to sit in a non-shaded area. We recommend sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, cool clothes and water. Umbrellas used for shade will not be permitted in the audience because they block the view for others.

We strongly advise all graduates to wear flat or low heeled, comfortable shoes in order to navigate the rough grass and the steps leading up to the stage.

Transit and Parking

Parking is free for guests attending Commencement-related activities in all USC-owned structures. Please note that you must receive a parking permit from the parking attendant at the entrance booth. Click here for driving directions and map.

If you are traveling by public transportation The Metro Expo Line is the best option to avoid traffic and congestion, and highly recommended. It will be running on its usual schedule and stops immediately south of campus at Exposition Boulevard and Trousdale.

For public transportation to USC, LA Metro will be running trains all day for Commencement attendees to use. Fares are sold on TAP cards, so you'll need to buy them at ticket vending machines or from a Metro representative. For more help with planning your trip to USC via Metro, use the handy LA Metro trip planner.

Wheelchair Seating

If someone in your party will require wheelchair seating, please contact the law school Events Office in Room 475 no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, May 1 or call 213.740.3841 or email events@law.usc.edu. Wheelchair seating must be reserved through this office in advance and is limited to (2) people per graduate in an effort to accommodate all requests.

Guests with blue, handicapped placards can park in designated handicapped parking spaces in any of the campus parking structures or lots. Guests can also be dropped off at Gate 3 which is located at Figueroa and McCarthy Way (the entrance for Parking Structure X) which will be the closest drop off point to the law school's ceremony in Founders Park.


Guests: Bottled water will be available for purchase at nearby USC managed commencement booths. Typically, commencement is a hot day. We recommend that you bring extra bottles of water.

Graduates: Bottles of water will be placed under each graduate's chair at the ceremony.

Balloons and Air Horns

Balloons and air horns will not be permitted in the general area.

Campus Facilities available on Commencement Day

The law school will be open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. Food, flowers and restrooms will be available at several locations across the campus, and the bookstore will be open from 7:45am to 8:00pm. The closest restrooms will be located in Bovard Auditorium, Taper Hall, and the Von Klein Schmidt building.


Professional commencement photographer, Grad Images, will take individual pictures of each graduate as they receive their diploma and cross the stage. These pictures will be available for purchase directly from Grad Images. Grad Images will contact each graduate after the ceremony for picture orders.

Customer Service # 1-800-261-2576
Customer Service Email
Website www.gradimages.com


The ceremony will take place outside rain or shine. Please check the forecast and come prepared. If you have questions regarding inclement weather prior to event day, please contact the law school's Events Office at 213.740.3841.

Travel Accommodations

STA Travel is the official travel agency for commencement and can be reached by calling 1.800.495.5832. They have negotiated discounted rates with airlines, hotels and rental cars. We recommend that you contact them early to arrange your travel needs.

Social Media

Please share USC Gould commencement photos and stories with #USCGouldGrad.

Post-Ceremony Reception

Immediately following the ceremony in Founders Park, graduates and their guests are invited to attend a reception with light refreshments. Graduates will turn in their caps and gowns, pick up their diplomas and receive a gift from the law school. If you wish to make dinner reservations, we suggest making them for 6:30pm.

USC's Main Commencement Ceremony

The USC 134th Commencement Ceremony will take place on the same day, Friday, May 12, 2017 in Alumni Park. The procession will begin at 8:30am and the ceremony will begin at 9:00am. Click here to go to USC's Commencement Ceremony site.

If you would like to participate and represent the law school at the main ceremony, please contact the law school's Events Office at 213.740.3841 or at events@law.usc.edu. Please note, the University has allocated a set number of seats for each school. Students must line up and walk in together as part of the ceremony. No late or walk-up seating will be allowed in the designated school seating areas.

More Information

Students will receive a Gould School of Law Commencement Handbook in March which will provide more detailed information about our ceremony. This handbook will also be posted on the law school's commencement website. For specific questions, contact the law school's Events Office.

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