Commencement 2023
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Friday, May 12, 2023

USC Main ceremony

8:30 am

Alumni Park

Marshall Undergraduate Satellite Ceremony

11:15 am

Galen Center


The undergraduate reception immediately follows the ceremony.

Bridge Hall Lawn

(between Hoffman Hall & Bridge Hall)


Marshall Logo


USC Main Ceremony

The main ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in Alumni Park. Guests should plan on arriving to campus by 7:00 a.m. to secure parking. Marshall students should assemble at Von Kleinsmid Center (VKC) along Trousdale Pkwy by 8:00 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. processional. Marshall students will be seated on the northwest side of Alumni Park; therefore, guests may wish to sit near that area. Tickets are not needed for the main ceremony.

For additional information regarding the main USC commencement, which takes place prior to the Marshall ceremonies, please visit the USC Commencement website.

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Marshall Undergraduate Ceremony

Immediately following the main ceremony, Marshall graduates should check-in and assemble for the Marshall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at the Galen Center. Graduates will line up and enter via the designated graduate entrance. Guest seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis; tickets are not required for guests. Students and guests should arrive to the Galen Center as early as possible to avoid delays. 

The Marshall satellite ceremony begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please remember that no graduates will be permitted to leave the ceremony until the ceremony has ended; all graduates must remain in the Galen Center for the entirety of the ceremony and recess out together.  Plans for individual celebrations after the ceremony should be scheduled no earlier than 3:00 p.m.

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Graduate Registration

Students planning to participate in the Marshall Commencement Ceremony at the Galen Center must register their attendance by Thursday, April 13th.  Instructions on how to register will be sent to your USC email account on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Those who graduated in December 2022 or have an anticipated graduation date of May 2023 or August 2023 are invited to participate in commencement. Students who will not be graduating until December 2023 are welcome to participate, though their names will not appear in the Commencement Program until May 2024 and they will not be eligible to wear honor cords or sashes.

You can verify your commencement date by logging into OASIS and checking your STARS report. If your expected graduation date is incorrect, please update it by clicking on the “Other Services” tab in OASIS and clicking on the “Update Expected Graduation Term” option.

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Regalia, Pictures and Commemorative Items


Ordering, measurement, and distribution of regalia (cap and gown) will take place at the University Bookstore Patio beginning Thursday, May 4th through Friday, May 12th.  Caps and gowns must be returned immediately following the ceremony.  Return bins are located throughout campus.

Regalia ordering instructions are available at the USC Bookstore


A professional photographer will take a picture of each graduate as the diploma cover is awarded on stage. Graduates will be emailed a proof of the pictures as well as an order form in the weeks following commencement. Due to fire laws and the policies of the Galen Center, no one will be permitted to stand in the aisles during the ceremony to take pictures.  Guests are welcome to take pictures from their seats. 

The El Rodeo Yearbook may be pre-ordered online and shipped directly to your home.

Commemorative Items

Class Rings, Diploma Frames, Announcement Cards

Class rings, diploma frames, and personalized commencement announcements by Herff-Jones may be ordered through the USC Bookstores website, or from Herff-Jones representatives during their sessions on campus throughout the spring.

 Custom Stoles (“Sashes”)

While the majority of undergraduates rent (and do not purchase) their regalia, more and more are purchasing a stole (or sash) to wear on Commencement day. Stoles are available from the University Bookstore, and can be ordered with the USC logo or embroidered university seal, and can be customized with fraternity/sorority crests, graduation year, or other commemorative marks.


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To be eligible for university honor cords at commencement, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 for cum laude, 3.7 for magna cum laude and 3.9 for summa cum laude is required at the completion of the Fall 2022 semester. University honors is determined by either the USC GPA or the combined USC and transfer GPA, whichever is lower.  USC GPAs are calculated to the third decimal place, but are never rounded up or down.  University honors are noted on academic transcripts and diplomas once all coursework is completed.  Students will be notified, at the end of April, via email when Honor Cords are available for pick-up. 

To be eligible for departmental honors, students must have a Marshall GPA of 3.5 or higher and have completed BUAD 493 and BUAD 494.  Students with Marshall Honors will be awarded a sash and will also be notified via email when they are available for pick up.

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Students will receive a diploma cover during the Marshall  Undergraduate satellite ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after all coursework has been completed and verified.  Please verify your mailing address on your STARS report.  Changes to your mailing address may be on OASIS.

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Graduate Check-In

The Marshall satellite ceremony is for graduating Marshall undergraduate majors only.  Students will be required to check-in with his/her designated Marshall grad pass.  Instructions on how to receive your grad pass will be sent to your USC email on Monday, May 1st.  This grad pass is not required for the main USC commencement ceremony.  

Marshall graduates should make their way to the Galen Center as early as possible or immediately following the main ceremony.   Line-up entrance will be in the south side of the Galen Center through the fire entrance.

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COVID Safety Protocols and Restrictions

Attendee Screening and Check in

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

Will there be any COVID policies and restrictions in place when visiting USC’s campus for Commencement?

Currently no restrictions or limitations for visitors coming to campus.

All COVID policies are subject to change.

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 when not
actively consuming food or beverage.

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

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Graduate Processional Instructions

Commencement Marshals will be directing the line-up, processional, and seating. Please pay attention to instructions and announcements from the Marshals on the day-of.

Graduates are not allowed to bring food, drink, or bags of any kind (including backpacks) to the ceremony.  Each graduate should be prepared to enter through a metal detector for security purposes.

Seating for graduates is not assigned.  Graduates are welcome to line up with friends; however, there is no guarantee students will be able to sit next to their friends due to the flow of the line up and seating arrangement.

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Policy on Alcohol, Other Substances, and Behavior

All commencement activities are alcohol and substance-free events.  We will be enforcing a zero-tolerance policy which means students should not attempt to bring alcohol and other substances to the ceremony.  Any alcohol brought to the ceremony will be thrown away by security.

Additionally, any student who is visibly intoxicated, disruptive, or exudes inappropriate behavior will be escorted out of the line-up or the ceremony by event staff and security.

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Guest Information

Tickets are not required for guests.

Each guest should be prepared to enter through a metal detector for security purposes.  Strollers must be left in the reserved lobby spaces and are not permitted into the seating areas.  The Galen Center has a clear bag policy.

Per Galen Center seating policies, guests are not allowed to save seats for large parties. Only one (1) seat may be saved on either side of a seat. Please make sure your entire party arrives and enters Galen together.

During the ceremony, standing in the aisles and obstructing views is prohibited.

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Accessible (ADA)/Companion Seating

Guests who require wheel chair access will be offered priority seating.  The entrance for ADA seating is located on the north side of the Galen Center, off of Jefferson Blvd.  There is also a drop-off area on the same street with a regressed sidewalk.  Seating in the ADA section is not ticketed and is offered on a first-come, first, served basis. 

Graduates who are physically disabled should identify themselves to staff when entering the line-up area so that they may be seated where they will have access to a ramp.

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Galen Center Guidelines and Prohibited Items

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite guest entry into the venue, the Galen Center will be implementing a “clear bag policy” that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the arena for all events (one clear bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” per person). The policy does not affect other items that fans normally bring to a game, which still can be carried in their pockets or openly in their arms. Also, for increased security, all guests entering the Galen Center walk through metal detector screening with arms raised (guests should remove metal items from pockets).

  • All non-clear bags, Backpacks, Hard or Soft Coolers or Baskets and Bottles or Cans
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
  • Weapons including firearms, knives, explosives, fireworks and laser pointers
  • Professional cameras (lenses longer than 3") or video and/or audio equipment
  • Banners, sticks and poles, inflatables, umbrellas, ballons, strollers and folding or beach chairs
  • Horns or other noisemakers, musical instruments or large music players
  • Frisbees, balls, skateboards or hard fruit
  • Pets (Service Animals OK)
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Graduate and Guest Code of Conduct

In order to ensure a safe and celebratory environment, we ask that graduates and guests refrain from the following behavior at all Galen Center events.

  • Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
  • Smoking, other than in designated areas
  • Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Bringing prohibited items into the venue 
  • Throwing of items or liquids
  • Enter the graduate seating area at any time
  • Fighting or other threatening behavior
  • Violation of state or local law

Failure to comply may subject you to ejection or arrest.  Guest are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to management personnel.  We welcome your help in our efforts to provide an enjoyable experience for all guests.

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There will be an informal reception immediately following the Marshall Undergraduate Ceremony on the Bridge Hall Lawn between Bridge Memorial Hall and Hoffman Hall. 

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Live Stream

Complete information including a link to the Live Stream of the ceremony is available on the main Marshall Commencement Page.

Live video feed: A live video feed of the ceremony will be available on the Marshall website on May 12, 2023

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Additional Questions

If you have any specific questions regarding the Marshall undergraduate satellite ceremony or the Marshall undergraduate reception, you may contact the Marshall Undergraduate Advising Office at 213-740-0690 or All general inquiries should be directed to the main USC Commencement Website.

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