May 2015 Newsletter

Resources to Help Your Student with Finals

Save The Date:
Homecoming and Family Weekend
A Parent's Reflection on her Student's USD Journey

Join the Parent Ambassador Program

Dear USD Parents and Families,

Oh my, it’s May!  Where did the time go? Students have been in the home stretch since they came back from Spring Break and are about to approach the finish line after finals. Continue to support your student during this vital month. Send him or her an encouraging message via phone, email or even a care package

The support of parents and family is very important.
We know that we couldn't have had a successful USD Parent Corps Service Project without the support of the parents and students that participated in last month's project. See the complete album of photos as your fellow Toreros helped turn a house into a home for a deserving San Diego family. Thank you to all those who came out to the event and a special thank you to Republic Services and the Clayton Family for sponsoring the project!

We also hope we have been supportive to you and your family in keeping you informed and connected to USD through our newsletter. This will be the last newsletter until September. To stay connected over the summer, follow us on Facebook and visit our website for updates on events.

Have a wonderful summer and congratulations to all the graduating Seniors and their families!


The Office of Parent Relations

Back to top

A Message from Carmen Vazquez, Vice President of Student Affairs

Dear Torero Families,
The completion of coursework, finals, and graduation is just around the corner.  During the next few weeks, our students will need additional support and mentoring as they prepare for finals and manage summer transitions. At the same time, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our community. Continue reading...

End of Year Auxiliary Service Deadlines and Events 

Don't let your student get stuck behind closed doors. Regular spring semester hours for auxiliary departments run through May 18. Also, be aware of meal plan deadlines and special events happening on campus. With the Torero Store moving to a new location for next Fall, they are having a Moving Sale the month of May. Learn more...  

University Ministry: A place to belong, believe and become!

University Ministry is ending the school year with some traditional and celebratory masses. They are a great way to slow down, refocus and reflect on the end of the semester. But don't worry, it doesn't end there. You can stay connected to University Ministry over the summer by joining their virtual book club. Learn more...

SYE Abroad 2016 for the Class of 2018

Class of 2018 students have the amazing opportunity to study abroad during intersession 2016. They will be able to select from two wonderful international locations: Guatemala and Italy. The application deadline is September 11, 2015. Learn more... 

Reminder that USD will be a Smoke Free and Tobacco Free Campus

The University of San Diego is very proud to join more than 1,100 national, regional and local colleges and universities that have enacted comprehensive, smoking and tobacco-free campus policies. Effective August 18, 2015,  the university’s Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus policy will promote a healthful environment. Learn more...


Parents of Graduating USD Students

Commencement is almost here! We hope you and your student are continuing your preparations for the big day and we look forward to seeing you on campus. For more information on Commencement, including dates and times, ticket, webcast, and guest accommodation information, please review the Commencement website and “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view current updates and reminders. If you are the parent of a law school student, please see the School of Law Commencement website.

Life After USD: Career Services Event for Graduating Seniors

Just because students are graduating from USD, doesn’t mean we stop supporting them. Career Services has several opportunities for graduating seniors to help prepare them for the job search after they’ve turned their tassel. Learn more...

Monthly LLC Spotlight: Honors

Throughout this school year, we have highlighted a different Living Learning Communities (LLC) each month. Though relatively new at USD, they have transformed the First Year Experience for the better. There are 9 LLCs, each with its own central theme and mission. They give first-year students a platform for connecting with professors, administrators, and fellow students. We hope you have enjoyed learning about most of the LLCs as we highlighted their theme, their activities, and how they promote personal growth. For our last spotlight, we will focus on Honors. This is a special LLC that is focused on students dedicated to academic excellence. Continue reading...

parents Save The Date

Torero Club May Events
  May ǀ Various Locations   

Mother's Day Brunch
  May 10 ǀ USD La Gran Terraza
Special Torero Pre-Game Event
  at Padres vs Cubs Game
  May 19 ǀ Petco Park
Wine Classic
  July 19 ǀ Joan B. Kroc Institute for
  Peace and Justice
Alumni Day at the Races
  August 2 ǀ Del Mar Racetrack
Homecoming and Family
  October 16-18 ǀ USD
Founders Gala
  November 14 ǀ Jenny Craig

Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Sign up for the various volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. Please email us at if you're interested in getting involved with any of the upcoming projects and events. 
OLÉ Weekend - Parent

  August 29-30 ǀ San Diego, CA
Homecoming and Family

  October 16-18 ǀ San Diego, CA
Fall Email Outreach Campaign
  October ǀ Email from your home
Torero Club Liaison
  Coordinate gatherings for USD
  parents in your local area.

Important Dates and Events
 • Undergraduate Commencement Tickets Available for Pick Up
May 1-22 ǀ JCP Ticket Office
 • Sleep Week
May 4-8
 • Cinco De Mayo
May 5
 • Honors Convocation
May 5 12:30 - 1:30 pm ǀ Shiley Theatre
 • Diversity Banquet
May 6 5:30 - 8 pm ǀ UC Forums
 • Last Mass for Peace for the Semester
May 6th 9 pm ǀ Founders Chapel
MBA Informational Session
May 7 5:30 - 6:30 pm ǀ KIPJ 222
 • Mother's Day
May 10
Last Day of Classes
May 11
Study Days
May 12-13
Finals Feeding Frenzy
May 13 5:30 - 7:30 pm ǀ UC 107
Final Exams
May 14-15 and 18-20
 • Candlelight Mass
May 17 9pm ǀ Founders Chapel 
Residents must move out by noon or 24 hours after last exam
May 21
Grad Night
May 21-22 ǀ Belmont Park
 • Naval ROTC Commisioning Ceremonies
May 22 10 - 11 am ǀ JCP
 • Baccalaureate Mass
May 23 5-6 pm ǀ JCP
 • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
May 24 9 am and 2 pm ǀ JCP
 • Memorial Day
May 25 ǀ Offices Closed
 • First Day of Summer Session
June 1 

University of San Diego
Parent Relations

5998 Alcalá Park, DAC 217
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-4808

University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4600
If you wish to be removed from this group's mailing list, click here