School of Cinematic Arts Commencement

 You will be required to register to watch the Ceremony.

Welcome to the commencement website for the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), and congratulations to the Class of 2023!

USC's Commencement consists of one main ceremony for all degree candidates and their guests, followed by smaller ceremonies for each academic school throughout the day. The main ceremony includes the formal conferring of degrees that marks the moment when members of the current graduating class officially become USC alumni.

The SCA Commencement Ceremony is an opportunity for graduates to celebrate as a cohort, hear remarks from distinguished guest speakers, and walk across the stage to receive their diploma and congratulations at the Shrine Auditorium.

There is no registration required for students to march in the USC Ceremony, but it is required for the SCA Ceremony.

Graduating students must register online for the SCA Ceremony in March 2023. Details about registration will be sent to all eligible graduating students.

2023 USC Main Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2023
Alumni Memorial Park
8:30 AM Processional
9:00 AM Ceremony

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Checklist for Graduates:

2023 USC School of Cinematic Arts Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2023
Shrine Auditorium, 665 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
2:30 PM Ceremony

See SCA Timeline

Commencement Speaker:  Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Partners. Imagine Entertainment
Mary Pickford Alumni Award Recipient: Tracy Oliver. Alum and trailblazing creator of Girls Trip

Graduates enter the Shrine Auditorium and line up at 1:30 PM at the Expo Hall entrance on 32nd Street. Please be on time! Bring your cap and gown with you.

Backpacks, air horns, and balloons are not permitted inside the Shrine Auditorium. These items will be confiscated at the door.

Guests enter the Shrine Auditorium through the main entrance on Royal Street. Doors open at 1:30 PM. Guests must have a ticket to enter. Please HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKET for entry to the SCA Reception. Children under 2 years old and graduates do not need tickets.

As is standard with events in large venues, all guests must pass through a metal detector to enter the Shrine Auditorium. The following items are prohibited: backpacks, air horns, and balloons. These items will be confiscated at the door.

Currently, there are no restrictions or limitations for visitors coming to campus or the Shrine Auditorium.

All COVID policies are subject to change.

All attendees must conduct a self-health screening prior to attending this event. If they have any symptoms or are currently in their isolation/quarantine period due to a recent infection or exposure, they may not attend.

While masks are not required for this event, we ask that attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated, consider wearing them for their own protection and the protection of others.

Please note that protocols are subject to change. Information on protocol updates will be communicated by email or other appropriate mechanism.

Rental of regalia is available through the USC Bookstore. Click here for more details.

Return your gown and hood after the SCA Ceremony at the drop location outside the Shrine Auditorium (on Royal Street) or at the Bookstore on May 12, 2023.

The Commencement Program lists every graduate's name who is eligible to graduate in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 provided they verified their information with Degree Progress prior to printing. It is the program for USC's main ceremony which begins at 9:00 AM on May 12, 2023. These programs will only be available at USC's Main Commencement Ceremony (at information booths on campus), and NOT at the SCA Ceremony.

DVD recordings of the SCA ceremony will not be available.

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the SCA Ceremony as each one crosses the stage. GradImages 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, 2023. Honor cords may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the Fall 2022 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 backpacks, air horns, or balloons are allowed inside the Shrine Auditorium.

Parking in any USC parking structure is free on Commencement day. The closest structures in which to park near the Shrine Auditorium are the USC Shrine Structure (directly behind the Shrine) and the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PS-D) on West Jefferson Boulevard at Royal 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.

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 and children under 2 years old 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, graduates can request that when registering for ceremony tickets on SCA Community. These guests may 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 2 years old and graduates do not need tickets to enter either event. Limit of 8 tickets per graduate. If additional tickets are desired 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, 2023 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, 2023. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.

Any questions can be directed to your SCA Division office staff/advisor.


Division of Cinema & Media Studies
SCA 320

Division of Media Arts + Practice
SCI 101

Film & Television Production Division
SCA 434

Interactive Media & Games Division
SCI 201

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

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
SCA 335

Peter Stark Producing Program
SCA 366