2018 Commencement for the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Friday, May 11

Lawn west of Leavey Library

Main USC Ceremony

Students line up: 8 a.m. in Section C

Processional: 8:30 a.m.

Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.

Cap and Tassel Protocol — Caps should be worn at all times, except during the invocation, benediction and National Anthem, when gentlemen should remove their caps. The tassel is worn over the right temple. When the President salutes the graduates, it is appropriate for the graduates to respond by tipping their caps. Graduates may then move their tassels over to the left side.

After the conclusion of the main ceremony, please proceed directly to the lawn west of Leavey Library. USC Chan degree candidates will line-up according to degree.

USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Satellite Commencement Ceremony

Arrive no later than 10:40 a.m.

Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., lawn west of Leavey Library

Speaker: Varun Soni; USC Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, Dean of Religious Life

Reception: Immediately following; details TBA

Cap & Gown

Please refer to commencement.usc.edu/caps-and-gowns-regalia/ for details and pricing for renting and purchasing regalia. A tassel for the cap comes with the rental that can be kept as a souvenir. Graduate students: Please note the color of your hood when ordering regalia.

  • MA: White
  • OTD: Rhodes Blue (a.k.a. Slate Blue)
  • PhD: Dark Blue

Honor Cords (undergraduate students only)

Honor cords, which may be worn by undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.5 university GPA by the end of the fall 2016 semester, are available from the division. The division will notify you by mid-April if you are eligible to wear an honor cord. Note: Academic honors (cum laude, etc.) will be designated on your diploma/record since these honors will be awarded after final grades are determined after Commencement, and include all coursework (including transfer work).

Guests with Disabilities

Please visit the USC Commencement website for additional parking or seating information at commencement.usc.edu/disability-info.  If you have a guest attending the satellite ceremony who requires special accommodations (e.g. seated in a wheelchair), please email Bianca Ojeda at bojeda@chan.usc.edu at least two weeks prior to Commencement Day.


Parking on campus is free on Commencement Day, but spaces fill up quickly. Additional parking is available at the Parking Center located on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Trams will be available to take guests from the Parking Center to the main ceremony. If you arrive late and all campus parking facilities are filled, you can park at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (also free), accessible from Exposition Boulevard.


The university adopted a no pet policy at the main and satellite commencement ceremonies. Service dogs are exempt.

University Commencement Website

For additional Commencement information, please visit the university’s commencement site at commencement.usc.edu. Any additional questions can be directed to Bianca Ojeda at bojeda@chan.usc.edu or 323-442-1571.

Other Considerations

Weather: Commencement Day activities may involve prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen, water and hats are recommended.

Dining: USC Hospitality operates Moreton Fig in the Tutor Center, and McKay's and The Lab on Figueroa Boulevard across from campus. If you're looking for restaurants further from campus, Los Angeles is full of world-class dining options to host a post-graduation lunch or dinner.

Contact: Bianca Ojeda at 323-442-1571 or bojeda@chan.usc.edu

Web: commencement.usc.edu

Event Type

Commencement, Event Highlights




University Park Campus

Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


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