USC to celebrate the Class of 2020 with day of special online events Friday

Programming includes a virtual conferring of degrees, entertainment — and perhaps a few surprises. The live event starts at 9 a.m.

May 13, 2020 David Medzerian

USC’s newest graduates don’t yet know when they’ll get to don their cap and gown and walk across the stage to receive their diploma. But they will have the full attention of the Trojan Family on Friday as the university celebrates with a day of online events dedicated to USC’s Class of 2020.

A virtual conferring of degrees featuring President Carol L. Folt, Provost Charles Zukoski and Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman — along with entertainment and other surprises — will be broadcast live online beginning at 9 a.m. The presentation will be replayed at noon and 6 p.m., and available for on-demand viewing via YouTube.

Throughout the day, a variety of online programming celebrating this year’s graduates will be broadcast, along with individual celebrations by USC’s schools.

“Though we will have a commencement ceremony at a later time, we just can’t let this important moment go unrecognized,” Folt said. “We have to celebrate the degrees these graduates earned. This is our virtual hug until we can give them a real one.”

Full information about Friday’s events can be found online.

The traditional commencement ceremony — originally scheduled for Friday — will be held on a date to be announced.

Send a message of congratulations to the Class of 2020

You can help us celebrate USC’s Class of 2020 by recording a congratulatory video for the entire class or just your favorite graduating Trojan and sending it to us.

Videos will be included alongside other submissions and social media posts during the virtual conferring of degrees on Friday. Learn more online — and help send our newest graduates out into the world.