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2022 Commencement FAQ's

Commencement Information
  • +What Is Required in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

    In order to participate in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony, you will need to either RENT or PURCHASE your cap with tassel, gown, and hood*. You can find more information here.

  • +What is a Grad Pack?

    Grad Packs are a convenient one stop shop of the most popular graduation items. Most Graduation Packages include USC Custom Gown/Hood Rental with Souvenir Cap & USC Tassel, Announcement Essentials plus a 2022 Keychain Tassel, and a Diploma Frame. Free shipping on diploma frames and announcements are available through April 15, 2022 when you order a Graduation Package that includes a diploma frame. All USC Custom Rentals will ship to your home, the shipping fee is $15.95. You can order your grad packhere.

  • +I want to rent my cap, gown, and hood*. What are my options?

    You have two options:

    Option 1: You order online for Home Ship. This means that your rental will be shipped directly to your home. There is an additional $15.95 shipping fee. The deadline for this option is April 15th, 2022. Rentals take approximately 20 days to arrive at your home.

    Option 2: In Person Distribution. Starting May 5th, 2022, customers can come to the USC Bookstore to rent their cap, gown and hood. There is no shipping fee for this option. You will just arrive, complete an order form, receive your rental and then pay.

    Pre-ordering for pick-ups is not available.

    *Note: Doctoral rentals include a red cap with a gold USC Signet Tassel. If you wish to purchase a Tam, you can do so here.

  • +What Do I Do If I Missed The April 15th Deadline To Rent Cap & Gowns?

    The Bookstore will have In-person distribution of Cap, Gown & Hoods* beginning May 5th, 2022. For more information on distribution hours, please visit our website here

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

    Gowns and hoods should be dropped off in the return bins as you exit your ceremony. There will also be bins located on the bookstore patio as well as near Tommy Trojan.

  • +Do I Get To Keep My Cap And Gown if I am just renting?

    In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we use rental gowns and hoods that must be returned following your ceremony. However, 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 and another 1-4 business days for it to ship. Be sure to choose the expediting options to ensure your purchased regalia arrives in time for your ceremony as needed.

  • +Can I Purchase My Cap And Gown after Commencement has passed?

    Yes. Graduation Regalia can be purchased year round.

  • +Can I Purchase My Hood Only?

    Yes. Master and Doctor Graduates can purchase individual items. Please still allow 6-8 weeks for manufacturing and another 1-4 business days for it to ship. Be sure to choose the expediting options to ensure your purchased regalia arrives in time for your ceremony as needed.

    To place your order please CLICK HERE

  • +How Do I Know The Velvet On My Hood Is The Correct Color?

    CLICK HERE to view the USC hood color chart.

  • +How Do I Purchase A Doctoral Tam?

    If you’re renting doctoral regalia, but wish to purchase a Tam, you can do so on our website. We currently have size 6 7/8 up 7 1/2. Shipping is currently free. 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, CLICKING HERE.

  • +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.

  • +Can I just purchase a Diploma Frame?

    Yes. We sell Diploma Frames year round on the 3rd floor of the bookstore and also on our website here.

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

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

  • +How do I order a sash?

    You have three options for ordering a sash.

    Option 1: You can come into the bookstore and purchase a standard non-customized sash. These are $49.99.

    Option 2: You can order a standard non-customized sash online hereand have it shipped to your home. We offer free FedEx Home Delivery with every purchase.

    Option 3: You can order a fully customized sash. Starting price for customized sashes is $75. Custom sashes take up to 6 weeks to be embroidered. The deadline to order a customized sash in order to receive them in time for May 13th Commencement is April 1st, 2022. Customized sashes can be ordered year round. Customized sashes ship from Pride Sash directly to your home. Shipping fee is $10.

  • +If I am participating in May 2022 Commencement, but my degree was conferred in December 2021, what year do I put on my customized sash?

    If you graduated in a previous year, or are graduating later on but want to join friends in photos for this year, you can always customize a sash with the correct year. You can find more information here.

  • +I am trying to order a cap, gown and hood*, but I can only put in the "All Majors" option under the area of study when ordering my cap, gown and hood*. Where can I put in the correct information to ensure I order the right cap, gown and hood*?

    *Hood is only for Master and Doctoral graduates

    After choosing your school, your graduation month and year will appear, then you will choose your degree type (Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate). When filling the Cap & Gown Student Information, the “Area of Study” you will either get the option of “All Majors” or an option to choose your specific Major. If you receive the option of “All Majors” do not fret. That just means that within your school, every Master and Doctoral Student receives the same velvet color on your hood.