School of Cinematic Arts Commencement

Welcome to the commencement website for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. This page will answer any questions you have about the day.

USC's commencement consists of one main ceremony for all degree candidates and their families, followed by smaller ceremonies for individual schools and programs throughout the day.

There is no registration required for students to march in the USC ceremony, but it is required for the SCA ceremony: see below for details.

SCA Commencement

2017 USC Main Commencement Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Location: Alumni Park
8:30 AM Processional
9:00 AM Ceremony

For more info see:

2017 USC School of Cinematic Arts Commencement Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM
Location:  Shrine Auditorium, 665 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Commencement Speaker: Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal Vice Chairman
Mary Pickford Alumni Award Recipients: Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd

Check in with your division at the Shrine Auditorium at 1:30 PM. Please be on time! Signage will be posted. Enter the doors nearest the Box Office on Royal Street.

Guests enter the Shrine Auditorium through the main entrance on Royal Street.  Doors open at 2:00 PM.   Guests must have a ticket to enter.  Please HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKET for entry to the SCA Reception.

Rental of regalia is available Monday, May 1 until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the USC Bookstore.  Bachelor's - $59.99, Master's - $79.99. Doctoral - $99.99.

Cap and gown Pre-Rentals (ordered at Grad Fest) may be picked up at the Bookstore on Thursday or Friday, April 27 or 28, 2017.  These dates are reserved for pre-order pick-ups. You may pick up your regalia at a later time, but it is strongly suggested to come in on the dates reserved for pre-orders.

Return your cap, gown, and hood after the SCA ceremony at the drop-off area outside the Bookstore or in regalia drop-off bins throughout campus on May 12, 2017.

The Commencement Book lists every graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017, provided they verified their information with Degree Progress or University Publications prior to printing.  It is the program for USC's main ceremony which begins at 9:00 AM on May 12, 2017.  These books will only be available at USC's Main Commencement Ceremony (on campus), and NOT at the SCA Ceremony.

DVD recordings of the SCA ceremony will not be available.

Grad Images will be photographing all graduates at the SCA Ceremony as each one crosses the stage.  Grad Images will email complimentary proofs to graduates within 24 hours after the ceremony provided they completed a Commencement Reader Card before the ceremony.  Everyone's photo will be taken.  No obligation to purchase.  Visit for more information or to pre-register online.

Honor cords are provided by the SCA and will be available for pick up in your Division office Monday, April 24 - Thursday, May 11, 2017. Honor cords may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the Fall 2016 semester. Note: Eligibility to wear honor cords is not an indication that academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/academic record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after commencement.

No balloons are allowed in the Shrine Auditorium theatre seating area.

Parking in any USC parking structure is free on Commencement Day.  The closest structures in which to park near the Shrine Auditorium are Parking Structure D on West Jefferson Boulevard, and the Parking Center at West Jefferson Boulevard & South Grand Avenue (entrance on 35th Street).  Parking is extremely limited on campus, and due to the large crowd expected at commencement, parking facilities will fill up early.  Please arrive early to obtain parking.

We recommend you take the Metro Expo Line if at all possible. It will be running on its usual schedule and stops east of campus at West Jefferson Boulevard and Flower Street. Exit at the Jefferson/USC stop.   The Shrine Auditorium is a three-block walk west from the Metro stop.

The SCA Commencement Reception immediately follows the SCA Ceremony and is held at the
School of Cinematic Arts at 4:30 - 6:00 PM.  Tickets are required.  One ticket admits a guest to both the SCA Ceremony and the Reception.  Graduates do not need tickets to enter either event.

A Special Needs entrance on Royal Street at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard will open at 1:30 PM at the Shrine Auditorium. Any guests in wheelchairs should enter at this location. Only one other person may enter with the special needs guest at this entrance and sit with that guest in the wheelchair seating area.

If a guest requires a Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter for the ceremony, please enter at the Special Needs door. Only one other person may enter with the special needs guest at this entrance and sit with that guest in the sign language interpreting area.

Please check in all strollers at the Special Needs entrance of the Shrine Auditorium on Royal Street at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard.  No strollers are allowed in the theatre seating area.

Tickets are required for entry to BOTH the SCA Ceremony and the SCA Reception.  One ticket admits a guest to both events (children under 5-years old do not need tickets).   Graduates do not need tickets to enter either event.  Limit of 8 tickets per graduate.  If additional tickets are needed for guests, students should see a staff member in their Division office during the SCA commencement registration period.

Students can register online and order SCA Ceremony tickets from March 1 - 31, 2017 at . Click on Commencement Registration and complete the online form.

Tickets will be available for pick up in the division offices Monday, April 24 - Thursday, May 11, 2017. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.


The Division of Cinema and Media Studies
SCA 320

Division of Media Arts + Practice
SCI 101

Film & Television Production
SCA 434

Interactive Media & Games Division
SCI 201

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
SCB 210

Peter Stark Producing Program
SCA 366

The John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
SCA 335