USC officials said Friday they will postpone — but not eliminate — all in-person commencement activities, while holding a “virtual” graduation in May.
USC’s commencement was scheduled for May 15.
In a message to the USC community, university President Carol Folt and Provost Charles Zukoski said that given the coronavirus situation and restrictions on public gatherings, a May 15 in-person event “won’t be possible.”
“Here is what we are thinking for commencement 2020: To begin, we will hold a virtual conferring of degrees in May — comprised of a series of online events and speakers — and, we will make sure you receive your diplomas by mail,” they wrote in the message.
“We plan to have an in-person, on-campus celebration that will take place once travel and large group events become safe and permitted. Firm plans for the on-campus event will not be possible until more is known about the advance of the pandemic. We will continue to be in communication about this in the coming weeks and are determined to make this happen.”