Drop Shadow

January 2015 Graduates

Congratulations on your recent graduation from USD! As a January graduate, your degree will be posted on your transcript by the second week in February to show proof of completion before May. Diplomas are mailed in mid-to-late February and should arrive within 6-8 weeks. If you have questions about your graduation status or have not yet received your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (619) 260-2888 or email

Mid-Year Graduates' Celebration Mass and Reception

A special mid-year Celebration Mass and reception will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Founders Chapel for undergraduate, graduate and law students who complete their coursework in January 2014. All are invited to attend and celebrate with the graduates. Please RSVP by December 11 and include your total number of guests to University Events and Promotions at or call (619) 260-7889. The Mid-Year Graduates’ Celebration Mass is not a commencement ceremony, so caps and gowns are not worn and diplomas are not presented. A photographer will be at the reception to take individual photos of the graduates. The photography sitting is free-of-charge and caps and gowns will be provided for this purpose.

May 2015 Commencement

January 2015 graduates are encouraged to participate in May Commencement ceremonies. Upon completion of your degree requirements and payment of all university fees, you are set to participate in May 2015 Commencement ceremonies. Please refer to the Commencement website and check your USD email account throughout the spring for additional information on May commencement. Also be sure to “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view reminders and the most recent updates.

Caps and Gowns

If you will be in the San Diego area and are able to attend, you may place your cap and gown order at GradFest March 11 & 12, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the USD Torero Store. There is a $25 fee for your cap and gown, which you may keep after graduation. You can also order graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames and have a photo taken in cap and gown. There is no sitting fee and proofs will be forwarded to you via email. Representatives from many university departments will be on hand to answer questions.

January graduates who will not be in the San Diego area during Grad Fest should visit the Torero Store website beginning March 13 to place their orders online for cap and gown, announcements, and other graduation memorabilia. The last day to order caps and gowns online is March 31. Cap and gown pick up for all students begins April 29 at the USD Torero Store during regular bookstore hours and at the "Grad Fest II Celebration" at the Degheri Alumni Center.

Grad Fest II Celebration

If you will be in the San Diego area and are able to attend, come by the Degheri Alumni Center for the Grad Fest II Celebration on April 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and pick up your pre-ordered cap and gown and tickets in advance, record your name (10 a.m.-4 p.m. only), check your petition status, and ask questions, all in one place. Join the fun and celebratory atmosphere with free food and music.


Undergraduate ceremonies ticket pick up begins May 1 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Students must pick up their allotted tickets in person at the JCP Ticket Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22. January graduates who no longer live in the San Diego area should arrange for ticket pick up ahead of time by contacting the JCP Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or e-mail

Students graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate morning ceremony are allotted seven (7) tickets each. Students graduating from the smaller School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering undergraduate afternoon ceremony are allotted eight (8) tickets each. Tickets are not needed for the Law School or Graduate Schools ceremonies, the NROTC Commissioning Ceremony, or any of the Commencement Masses.

Law School and Graduate School ceremonies do not require tickets because these are smaller ceremonies.

Name Pronunciation at Commencement

To facilitate the reading of names at Commencement, students may record their names using a name pronunciation software program set up at Grad Fest, at a kiosk on campus, or by utilizing the online recording option if they do not live in the San Diego area. The deadline for recording your name is Friday, May 15. For more information, please see the name pronunciation website.

Commencement DVD Ordering

The University of San Diego will produce a commemorative DVD of the 2015 ceremonies. Place your order at the Commencement DVD Ordering page, DVDs should arrive by mail 6-8 weeks after commencement. Please email if you have questions about your order.

Flowers and Leis

Orchid leis and roses are available for purchase before each Commencement ceremony. A percentage of all sales supports ongoing university programs. Flowers can be reserved online at and picked up in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact or call (619) 268-1330.