USC Gould School of Law Commencement

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm in Founders Park on the USC Campus

Click here to see the commencement live.


Students will receive ten (10) complimentary commencement announcements for the law school ceremony in late March. A sign-up sheet will be available for those requesting additional announcements. Extra announcements are limited.

Additional announcements can also be ordered online through the USC Bookstore. Note: The bookstore announcements are slightly different from the ones the law school will provide.

Caps and Gowns

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

  • Beginning May 5 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 5.
  • A bookstore staff member will take your measurements (height, weight and cap size) before giving you your regalia.
  • Please make sure that you receive the RED doctoral gown, a DARK PURPLE (not lavender) hood and a YELLOW (not black) tassel.
  • Doctoral regalia rents for $99.99.


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 16th. 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.


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. 


We do NOT require tickets for the law school's ceremony or reception. Seating will be available for all family and friends.  


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.

Balloons and Air Horns

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


Parking will be FREE of charge on Commencement Day. Click here for driving directions and map.

Guests with Disabilities

If someone in your party will require disabled seating, please contact the law school Events Office in Room 475 no later than 12:00noon on Monday, May 5th or call 213.740.3841 or email Disabled seating must be reserved through this office in advance and is limited to (2) people per graduate in an effort to accommodate all requests.

Disabled guests with blue, handicapped placards can park in designated handicapped parking spaces in any of the campus parking structures or lots. Disabled 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.

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 the Bovard Auditorium, Taper Hall, and the Von Klein Schmidt building. 

Commencement Speaker

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


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.

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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 213.254.2662. They have negotiated discounted rates with airlines, hotels and rental cars. We recommend that you contact them early to arrange your travel needs.


Those who are unable to attend the ceremony can watch the live webcast here.


Graduates and their family and friends will be able to purchase a DVD of the ceremony before and after the event. Pre-orders start now and will ship before June 1.  Use this link to order:

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 131st Commencement Ceremony will take place on the same day, Friday, May 16, 2014 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.

More Information

Students will receive a Gould School of Law Commencement Handbook in late February 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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