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Grad Fest FAQs

Commencement Information
  • +What is Graduation Celebration?

    Graduation Celebration is a website designed to be your one-stop-shop for all your USC Graduation needs. We will also be holding a Virtual GradFest to showcase all the products available to assist in the celebration of your achievement. You can rent your cap and gown, order your diploma frame, customize your sash and purchase your USC Ring. Remember, your cap and gown isn’t only tied to a ceremony, it’s also tied to your achievement. Take pictures, post on social media and celebrate with your family. You’ve earned it!

  • +What is a Grad Pack?

    A Grad Pack is a convenient package of the most popular graduation items including a USC custom rental gown, cap, tassel and hood (for Master/Doctor grads), USC graduation announcements, envelope seals, return address labels, and your choice of diploma frame (not in Basic Grad Pack).

  • +Do I get to keep my cap and gown?

    In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we use rental gowns and hoods that must be returned following your ceremony. You can keep your cap and tassel as a souvenir.

  • +Can I purchase my cap and gown instead of renting it?

    If you do not want to rent your cap and gown and prefer to purchase it, CLICK HERE. Please allow 6-8 weeks for manufacturing.

  • +Can I purchase my hood only?

    For Master and Doctor Graduates, rentals include a gown, cap, tassel and hood. Components cannot be rented individually online. If you wish to purchase, please CLICK HERE.

  • +How do I purchase a Doctoral Tam?

    The regular Doctor rental includes a mortarboard cap. Many Doctoral grads prefer to purchase the USC Custom tam. If you wish to purchase a Doctor Tam, please CLICK HERE.

    If your size isn’t available through our website, you can order from Herf Jones directly, CLICK HERE for instructions.

  • +When will I receive my order?

    Home Ship Rental Orders will be shipped to you within 7-10 business days. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Purchases of Academic Regalia Items will ship in 6-8 weeks, unless expedited manufacturing or shipping is selected. Diploma Frame and Announcement Orders will ship in 2-3 weeks.

  • +Will there be a 2021 commencement?

    USC will host commencement ceremonies to confer the degrees of our graduates for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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  • +How do I know the velvet on my hood is the correct color?

    CLICK HERE to view the USC hood color chart.

  • +How is Herff Jones handling the cleaning of rental gowns to protect us from COVID-19?

    Please CLICK HERE for details.

  • +How do students and families celebrate virtual graduations?

    Please CLICK HERE for instruction.

  • +I’m not attending the in person commencement at the Coliseum, can I still rent cap and gown to take photos and celebrate at home with friends and family?

    Yes, you can still rent cap and gown. Please CLICK HERE for details.

  • +How Do I Know The Size Of My Diploma?

    The standard size for most diplomas is 8.5x11, with the exception these four degrees: Dental – DDS, Pharmacy, MD and Juris Doctorate – JD. These four degrees will be 11x14 diplomas.

  • +When & Where Do I Return My Cap And Gown Rental?

    Gowns and hoods should be dropped off in the return bins as you exit the Coliseum following your ceremony. There will also be bins located on campus on the bookstore patio as well as near Tommy Trojan. If you are not attending an in-person ceremony, gowns and hoods should be returned using the return shipping label provided in your shipment within two weeks of your graduation celebration. If you have lost your return label you can request a new one by CLICKING HERE. Our vendor partner, Herff Jones, requests all regalia be returned by May 31st so it can be checked in, cleaned and sanitized for future Trojan grad use. Please return to: Herff Jones, Attn: USC Rental Returns, 1000 N. Market Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Gowns and hoods can also be returned to the USC Bookstore during store hours. You can keep your cap and tassel as a souvenir!

    Click Here For Store Hours
  • +What do I do if I missed the deadline to rent cap & gowns?

    Cap & Gown distribution days have just been added! In-person distribution of caps and gowns will take place at UPC campus bookstore from 830am to 330pm from Monday May 10 – Thursday May 13th. Limited cap & gown rentals will be available at the LA Coliseum during each ceremony near the student entrance tunnel.