USC Viterbi Commencement Portal
Celebrating the Class of 2020 & 2021
Congrats Class of 2021 + 2020 Commencement!
We are happy to announce that USC will host in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their names announced, receive their diploma covers, and have commemorative photos taken.
Guests who live out of state may attend commencement ceremonies provided they are fully vaccinated. Graduates are limited to two guests each due to social distancing requirements.
The most updated information will be available on https://commencement.usc.edu/.
USC Viterbi In-Person Commencement at the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Class of 2020 & 2021
May 19, 2021, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2021, 8:00 - 10:30 am
May 20, 2021, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Graduates will select their preferred day and time by logging in to their Marching Order account during the second phase of registration. You will be notified via email from Marching Order when the second phase of registration opens. Capacity at all ceremonies is limited.
Streaming / Online Viewing of the
The events at the coliseum are going to be available for viewing via 6Connex, the USC Commencement Virtual Event Platform. Signup only requires your name and email. After registration, you can simply login at any later point by entering your email address, no password required. This link will take you directly to the Coliseum page. If you are entering 6Connex from any other page, please navigate to the Coliseum page by using the round Coliseum button on the bottom navigation. Once on the Coliseum landing page, click "In Person Ceremonies" for a list of daily events and to join them. For your best viewing experience, please make sure to watch these celebrations on a laptop or desktop computer as they don't function properly on many mobile devices.
Virtual Celebration Archive
Watch the events from May 13, 2021 on demand
Student Stories from 2020 and 2021
Hanna Endrias: Computer Science Graduating Student Q&A
Computer science senior Hanna Endrias took dance classes, ranging from ballet to hip hop, and served as vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) USC Chapter.
Using Ancient Knowledge to Fight Pandemics
Class of 2021 USC Viterbi biomedical engineering senior Melissa Banks is working on self-sanitizing copper-coated masks to keep us safe from dangerous viruses.
Computer Science Senior Creates Tech to Help Students with Visual Impairments Learn to Code
Samuel Alex Atcheson developed a 3D-printed system to teach coding syntax to people with visual impairments using the sense of touch
Master’s Student Uses Health Data Science to Help Save Lives
From pre-med to data scientist, senior Lisa Meng’s research at USC sought to collate and curate tissue images for developing cancer diagnosis and build a radiation therapy decision support system
Class of 2021: Shobhita Rajashekar
Master’s student and class of 2021 graduate Shobhita Rajashekar hopes to get each and every one of us curious about space.
CS Grad Draws From His LatinX Heritage to Reimagine Ancient Sport in New Video Game
Inspired by ancient Mesoamerican art and culture, Sterling Rios C.S. ’21, takes a ballgame to its roots with spectacle
How the Hoover Dam Broke Boundaries
Inspired by the Hoover Dam’s grandeur, graduating USC Viterbi student Saumya Joshi is a trailblazer in her own right, fearlessly changing the face of construction engineering.
Sydney Mayer: Biomedical Engineering Graduating Student Q&A
The biomedical engineering student has been competing on an international stage in roller derby, while working on research that aims to improve lives of children with movement disorders like cerebral palsy.
Niki Tavakoli: Biomedical Engineering Graduating Student Q&A
Tavakoli has been working on STEM outreach to school age students through the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center, and will now pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.
Cyrus Ashayeri: Petroleum Engineering Graduating Student Q&A
Ph.D. graduate Ashayeri’s research focuses on the energy industry and the application data science and advanced machine learning techniques.
Goldie Roth: Chemical Engineering Graduating Student Q&A
The graduating senior in the Mork Family Department won best chemical engineering senior design project with her team. Roth will now pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford University.
Mike Shao: Chemical Engineering Graduating Student Q&A
Shao has worked in Professor Andrea Armani’s lab researching core-shell nanoparticles and will now take on a role in BP’s Trader Development Program in Houston.
Dominie Miyasato: BME Graduating Student Q&A
Miyasato, president of the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME), has been researching the optical properties of dyes and tattoo inks.
Recognizing Excellence: 2021 Master’s Awards Ceremony
This year’s virtual awards ceremony commemorated the impressive accomplishments and commitment to excellence of Viterbi’s graduating master’s students.
Hannah Mulroe: ISE Graduating Student Q&A
Mulroe has been researching the impact of digital health interventions on the quality of care for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Giving Back is Top Priority for First Generation Student
Industrial and systems engineering senior Carlos Acosta is active in a range of student organizations, as well as much-needed volunteer relief efforts for his homeland of Venezuela.
The 2020 Undergraduate Student Awards
Motivated to engineer a better world for all humanity, USC Viterbi celebrates graduates who have pursued academic excellence and impacted their communities.
The Engineer of 2020
The USC Viterbi graduate of 2020 is the fulfillment of a national vision.
USC Undergraduate Researcher Peers Beneath The Waves
Hannah Walker, a graduating mechanical engineering major and winner of the USC Discovery Scholar Prize, has created a device to inexpensively map the ocean’s underwater topography.
She Wants To Change How We Dress And Feed The World
Soraya Levy, Senior and Grand Challenges Scholar, Started Reimagining Our World by Reimagining Her Own Education
Multi-instrumentalist, DJ and computer scientist, Melissa Wen blended her passions at USC
After graduation, Melissa Wen will join Google in Sunnyvale, CA, while completing her master’s online.
First-generation student and dad of three earns computer science degree, credits family with helping him succeed
Originally from Bogota in Colombia, dad of three Alexander Reyes transferred to USC after earning an associate degree from community college and several years working in the IT field.
Bringing it Home: The Biomedical Engineer Making a Difference in Panama
Class of 2020 graduate, Lily Lau Hou is taking the skills from her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering to launch a startup and help the COVID-19 response in her homeland.
Blazing New Trails, from Dirt Bikes to Construction
USC senior Julia Lind seeks to bring technology not just to the people who design buildings, but to those who build them.
The Engineering Bat Signal for COVID-19 Went Out. She Answered It.
How Julia Sircar, a Class of 2020 graduate, came to work with top engineers to combat a pandemic.
“These Stories Won’t Be Available Forever:” Senior Combines AI and Documentary Filmmaking to Preserve the Past
Imagine a museum where Japanese-Americans from World War II live on as virtual avatars. Cole Kawana is working on it.
MIT Technology Review Names USC Viterbi Ph.D. Student One of “The Top Innovators Under 35” in the Middle East and North Africa
The award recognizes Ghena Alhanaee for her work to prevent a regional catastrophe by providing a linked emergency response plan across the Persian Gulf
Atomus, a fledgling USC Viterbi startup, is developing technology that would make it easier for the Marines to 3-D print spare parts for ships, military vehicles and planes, benefitting the Corps, defense contractors and the nation.
Students Build App That Empowers Teachers in Remote Corners of the World
A U.S. State Department-funded project will allow Mobile Teacher to reach more educators without Internet
A Hackathon for Women by Women
USC students changing hacking culture from competitive to collaborative.
Creating safer waterways with driverless ships
Researchers develop an autonomous ship guidance system using probabilistic modeling and AI
A “Post-Antibiotic World?”
Antibiotic resistance is spreading from wastewater treatment plants
Helping The Homeless
USC Viterbi writing students offer engineering solutions to a local provider of homeless services to improve operations.
USC students go into refugee camps in Greece to volunteer and research solutions to the global refugee crisis
New USC Viterbi course focused on engineering solutions for social good takes students from seven USC schools in a close encounter with problems inside refugee camps
A Desk That Knows You
Burcin Becerik-Gerber leads an effort to create a smart desk that encourages a healthy and productive work environment.
ASBME receives outstanding achievement award
The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has selected USC’s student chapter as the 2018 recipients