Presenting a Diploma to an Immediate Family Member

During the ceremony, graduates receive a diploma case presented to them by the President or a University Trustee. The only exception is USD employees who have a son, daughter or spouse graduating from USD and who are invited to participate in the conferral of degrees for their family member.

If you are a faculty or staff employee of the University and have a son, daughter, or spouse graduating from the University, you are invited to participate in the conferral of degree for your family member. If you would like to participate in this capacity, please fill out the participation and regalia order form on the USD Torero Store website and also provide via email to by March 30:

  1. Your name
  2. Your employment title
  3. Name of your son/daughter/spouse
  4. Degree (PhD, EdD, MA, MBA, BA, etc.) and name of program son/daughter/spouse is to graduate from
  5. Your USD email and USD phone extension
  6. Your cell phone number

This information will be shared with the appropriate platform marshal for the ceremony at which you plan to present. Please arrive at least one hour before ceremony start-time to the VIP Green Room (near the loading dock) on the ground floor of the Jenny Craig Pavilion and check in with the Platform Marshal. You will be lined up with others who have featured roles in the ceremony and sit on stage in cap and gown. The Platform Marshal will provide relatives with further information via email during the week of Commencement.