USC commencement 2018: What you need to know about the big day

Thousands will descend on the University Park Campus for the university’s 135th commencement Friday — so you’ll want to plan ahead

May 09, 2018 David Medzerian

USC 2018 commencement: graphic
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Friday marks USC’s 135th commencement. Here are some things you need to know about USC commencement 2018:

  • The main ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. at Alumni Memorial Park.
  • Individual school ceremonies follow throughout the day.
  • With more than 60,000 people expected to attend, getting to the ceremony  is always a challenge — as is finding a place to park — but this year could be more challenging than usual: New traffic patterns are in place on Figueroa Street. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time.
  • Consider taking public transit to the event. The Metro Expo Line has three stops next to the University Park Campus.
  • It looks like weather won’t be a concern, with pleasant temperatures and mostly clear skies in the forecast. Commencement ceremonies will occur rain or shine — remember 2015 — and some outdoor ceremonies are not covered. And if it does rain, umbrellas are discouraged during ceremonies.