The University Commencement represents the culmination of a student’s academic achievement. It is a time to celebrate, reflect, and share joy in your accomplishments. Below you will find information about your commencement ceremony. Please share this information with your family and friends.

Call all past virtual commencement grads! You have an opportunity to participate in our in-person ceremony! Email by Nov 15!

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Commencement Details


December 17, 2021 at 10:00am
Gates open for seating at 9:00 am.
Graduates will be expected to arrive at 8:00 am for group pictures and ceremony line up.

What are the COVID-19 Attendance Protocols and Procedures?

Graduates are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend this event.
Since, the University of Southern California (USC) operates the LA Coliseum, all SCU personnel and attendees, including graduates and their guests, will need to abide by USC’s “COVID Protocols and Procedures”, which is the following:

  1. Wear a facemask at all times, including outdoors
  2. Complying with use of all required personal protective equipment (PPE).
  3. Following all physical distancing guidelines as set forth by USC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).
  4. Following disinfecting protocols as set out by USC.
  5. Following USC reporting guidelines if you are diagnosed with COVID-19: Anyone present in campus facilities or working in campus programs who has tested positive for COVID-19 at an outside facility must self-report the positive COVID-19 test result immediately on the COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or email You will be asked to provide details of your USC-related activities, contact with other USC employees and students, the date of your diagnosis, and the date of symptoms onset.
  6. SCU graduates and attendees do not complete any forms or wellness assessments – this is only required for USC specific events, USC students, and USC employees.

**Failure to follow protocols and procedures will result in removal from the event with no opportunity to return. This ceremony is subject to change if LA County Department of Public Health, CDC, and/or USC changes their event guidelines in response to COVID-19.**

What happens if I or someone I know does not follow the above COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures?

The individual will be escorted out of the venue with no opportunity to return.
This in-person event is subject to change if LA County Department of Public Health, CDC and/or USC changes their event guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Where do I park? Which gate do I enter?

$20 per vehicle.

Parking is owned and operated by a separate company; therefore, no exceptions can be made.

All attendees including guests, graduates, stage members, volunteers, etc. Must park in structure Orange and enter gate 8.

Click here to view the Coliseum Parking map
What can attendees bring into the stadium?

You CAN bring: flowers, balloons, money leis, and signs. An umbrella. You may bring factory sealed bottles of water, 17 oz or less are allowed and limited to 2 bottles per person, and single-serving food items may be brought into the venue in an approved clear bag or carried by hand. There will be one concession stand open. It is cashless. Items available are snacks, water, and coffee.

You CANNOT bring: coolers, outside food and drinks not described above, confetti, silly string, or any item that explodes or litters trash.

**Clear bag policy! Graduates and their attendees CANNOT bring bags, backpacks, or other containers into the Coliseum. You can bring clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, or a one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (Ziploc bag or similar). You may also carry a small clutch bag or purse approx. the size of a hand. An exception may be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.**

Will SCU’s student store be on site to purchase Alumni items?

Yes. They will be located outside of the gates prior to walking into the Coliseum. There will also be an Alumni table with items for graduates.

You get a free SCU t-shirt!

ASB is gifting each graduate a free SCU t-shirt. Visit the Campus Store now until December 17th and select any $25 t-shirt, and inform the cashier you are a graduate.

How do I petition to graduate?

Each graduate must fill out a petition to graduate. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into mySCU:
  2. Click on Students at the top
  3. Click on Transcripts and Reports on the left
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, under Student Forms, click on Petition to Graduate
  5. Questions? Email
How do I place my guests on the RSVP list?

Per LA County Guidelines, we must collect contact information of all attendees. Please fill out this RSVP form with the names of your guests. Or send this link to your family and friends to fill out:

Deadline to fill out RSVP Form: Nov 30th.

Graduates do not need to place their names on this list, it is only for guests/attendees.

How do I order my regalia?

Regalia ordering had closed. All regalia will be delivered by the first week of December. If you opted to pick-up your regalia from SCU, you will be notified during the first week of December when your ready is ready.

Questions? Email

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Commencement Speaker

Samantha Simmons

Samantha Simmons, MPH is an accomplished leader in the field of integrative medicine with an extensive background in many facets of driving transformation in healthcare through collaborative initiatives and strategic partnerships. Ms. Simmons is the CEO of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, an organization comprised of national and international prestigious academic medical centers and health systems, representing thousands of researchers, educators and clinicians dedicated to whole health and health equity. She is passionate about health policy advocacy and driving utilization of models of whole person care for underserved populations through innovative initiatives and partnerships and created the Whole Health in the States Initiative (WHITS) as a vehicle for these goals. Ms. Simmons advocates for how a diverse array of health care providers can and should be at the forefront of transforming health care in order to better serve population health.

Prior to joining the Academic Consortium, Ms. Simmons was President of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine from 2008-2021 and worked in pediatric and integrative medicine research and administration at Oregon Health & Science University from 2006-2019. Ms. Simmons received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Portland State University and has dedicated her entire career to removing barriers to healthcare that is interprofessional and focused on a person’s whole health and wellbeing. Her strategies towards these ends center around health policy advocacy and education, program development, interprofessional and inter-institutional collaboration, strategic initiatives and outreach. In addition to serving as a member of the SCU Board of Regents, Ms. Simmons serves on numerous committees, boards and workgroups in partnership with organizations working towards the goal of healthcare that looks like health and not just the absence of illness and disease.

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