Post-Commencement Information

Browse below for important information, as well as USD resources to help you make a successful transition to the next stage after graduation.

Exit Loan Counseling

Students who will be graduating in May or August 2018 and have ever received a federal student loan (Federal Stafford, Graduate PLUS loans and/ or Perkins) while attending USD, will receive Exit Loan Counseling information by email. Exit Loan Counseling provides a review of a borrower’s rights and responsibilities along with repayment information. It can be completed online at the National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDS) website: Exit Loan Counseling is a mandatory federal requirement. Transcripts cannot be released without it.


Graduates receive a diploma cover during the ceremony, which is given to them by the President or a University of San Diego trustee. The actual diploma is mailed to the address indicated by the student on his/her petition to graduate. Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after the degree requirements have been met and processed. Diplomas are mailed over the summer for May graduates. For students who graduate in January, diplomas are mailed at the end of February.

If you have not received your diploma by mail by May 1 (January graduates) or August 1 (May graduates), please contact the Office of the Registrar ( or call 619-260-2888.

Video Replay

While we do not offer copies of Commencement videos for purchase, each ceremony can be viewed on the USD website. Following the ceremonies, we will activate the following links to watch your ceremony and relive the special moment.

  • College of Arts and Sciences Commencement
  • School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Commencement

USD Alumni Association

You are officially welcomed to the thriving Torero alumni community, nearly 70,000 strong! Join the USD Alumni Association and get involved in your local chapter. Follow the newsletter to stay up-to-date on your alma mater; attend events to stay connected on campus or in your city; and be inspired by the good work of fellow Toreros. And don't forget to come back to campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Visit the USD Alumni Association website.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center encourages all students and alumni to use its services. USD career counselors provide assistance in person, by email, and by phone about career decision-making, resume development, job search strategies, and graduate school planning. USD graduates have lifelong access to counselors and resources, including a careers website and other resources to connect students with employers.

The Career Development Center is located in the Manchester Conference Center, Room 101. For more information, call 619-260-4654, email, or stop by the office in person. We look forward to assisting you!

Press Release

The Office of Media Communications sends press releases to hometown newspapers on behalf of students who petition to graduate. There is no need for students to submit additional information. The releases are sent in late May and early June. If you have questions, please email or call 619-260-4681.