FAQ: Events and Activities

The City of Los Angeles issued a revised Safer L.A. Order on February 26, 2021 that included modifications to restrictions on events and gatherings. Specifically, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except for the exempted activities described in the order.  

USC has prohibited all university-sponsored on- and off-campus events until we receive further public health guidance.

For detailed FAQs on Commencement ceremonies, visit commencement.usc.edu.

General Questions

An event/gathering is defined as:

  • Any gathering of two or more people for 15 minutes or more
  • Any situation which involves external vendors (tent set up by rental company, catering, etc.)

Any event that is organized, sponsored or funded by the university, USC students, faculty, staff, schools, departments, units or a university sponsor would qualify.

No. Student organization events and activities including collegiate club sports practices, competitions, rehearsals and events on campus and off campus are canceled.

We encourage organizers to move their meetings to Zoom, which is a video and audio conferencing platform.

Refund requests should be submitted to the department, venue or service provider supporting your event.

Tabling is currently suspended until further notice.

On Aug. 17, USC launched a new online student hub to help students maximize their virtual student experience. This portal is the first step in bringing all of the different facets of college life into a single resource to help enhance your experience across academics, community, wellness, arts and culture, service and career.

The initial version includes integrated event calendars, so you can see all of the online events in a single feed. Soon, many of those events will be directly accessible from within the portal to create a virtual hub for events, including interaction with your friends and fellow students.

The portal also provides access to your class schedule and links to key resources to give you a single starting point that serves as a gateway to other sites. In time, many of those resources will be more deeply integrated to provide a seamless experience.

Given the current challenges we are all facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed all in-person commencement 2020 activities. USC remains committed to having an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 at a later date, and the plans are well underway.  That ceremony will take place when travel and large group events once again become safe. Visit the commencement website for more information.

On May 15, 2020, a full day of interactive celebrations honored the Class of 2020 and its extraordinary accomplishments. President Folt and Provost Zukoski hosted a virtual conferring of degrees that featured a Zoombombing from Will Ferrell, and all of the schools hosted their own academic celebrations as well. View the celebrations.

Please email covid19@usc.edu if you have any questions and/or concerns.

We have received permission from state authorities to host in-person commencement celebrations this spring for the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021. The in-person ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students will take place at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. To accommodate the State’s restrictions on density and rules for sanitizing following each event, we will need to schedule graduation ceremonies, twice a day from May 14 to May 25. For more detailed FAQs on 2021 commencement, visit https://commencement.usc.edu/

On May 14, the President and Provost will begin hosting commencement ceremonies to confer the degrees of our graduates at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Socially distanced ceremonies will take place at a limited capacity. The ceremonies will take place twice a day from May 14 through May 25 and graduates will attend based on their school’s designated date or dates. These dates will be assigned by the first week of April, once we receive RSVPs from all graduates. Students will receive an email from Marching Order with the RSVP link or may log into https://usc.marchingorder.com with their USC email address. For more detailed FAQs on 2021 commencement, visit https://commencement.usc.edu/.

The in-person ceremony will be a combination of the traditional Main Ceremony and School Ceremony, following the California state guidelines. The President and Provost will present and confer degrees at this ceremony. Remarks will be given by the keynote commencement speaker and the Valedictorian along with the Dean of your school. The Trojan Marching Band and a student from the Thornton School of Music will perform. Graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their name announced, receive their diploma covers, and have photos taken, while projected on the screens at the stadium. For more detailed FAQs on 2021 commencement, visit https://commencement.usc.edu/.

On-Campus Recreational and Academic Activities

Several of our outdoor recreation spaces are available, including Cromwell Field and the outdoor tennis practice courts. You must use the reservation system to use an outdoor venue. Please visit bit.ly/uscoutdoorvenues for the latest updates on the spaces that are available for reservations.

School-operated outdoor canopies to support instruction for small, socially-distanced groups are also available. Please look for additional information coming from your school or college.

Music and dance practice rooms, studios and maker spaces are also open for limited use. Please look for additional information coming from your school or college.

Please look for additional information coming from your school.

We expect to open one or more library locations on the Health Sciences Campus in the spring and summer.

Only individual activities are allowed when using the pool, tennis courts, track, and fields. No doubles tennis will be permitted. Masks must remain on at all times. Additional guidelines can be viewed here and when making your reservation.

Visit and log into myrecsports.usc.edu using your USC NetID credentials. Detailed instructions on how to use the system are here. You will receive an email confirmation for your reservation.

Please look for additional information coming from your school or college.

On March 15, Leavey Library will begin opening for independent study and Doheny Library will open only for conducting research using the library’s archival and special collections. Both libraries will operate at reduced capacity and reservations will be required to access the buildings. Further library openings will be phased over the spring and summer, including libraries on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Information about how to make a reservation to access these buildings will be published the week of March 8. Please contact library.communications@usc.edu with questions.

Yes. To access these newly reopened campus resources, students, faculty and staff are required to make advance reservations, in addition to completing their daily Trojan Check and all associated requirements including completing COVID training through Trojan Learn (students and employees), receiving an influenza vaccine, completing a daily wellness assessment, and complying with COVID testing requirements.

Your Trojan Check sign-in screen will indicate if your compliance is current, or the reason(s) it may have been deactivated.

You also must be prepared to show photo ID.

There is an hourly cleaning schedule by Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) and USC staff. All high-touch surfaces will be disinfected every hour, including door handles, faucets, buttons, entry swipes, staff equipment, handrails and the like. During designated cleaning times you will not be able to make a reservation to access a space.

USC Hotel

USC Hotel now has some of its rooms available to the public, and it also is being used by the university as part of the overall USC response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our reservations and sales teams are currently available to book rooms. Please call the hotel at 213-748-4141 or 1-833-2-BOOK-USC for reservation inquiries or general questions.

The hotel is committed to supporting the university as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic while providing a limited amount of rooms for its clients and university guests. Please contact the front desk anytime at 213-748-4141 with questions or concerns.

The hotel has implemented rigorous health & safety protocols in accordance with USC Environmental Health & Safety, LA County guidelines, and the CDC. Additionally, the hotel is Clean + Safe certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association. For more information on our extensive safety and sanitation protocols, please visit https://uschotel.usc.edu/health-and-safety.

The USC Hotel is not currently hosting special events. This is part of our compliance with the City of Los Angeles and USC Department of Health & Safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also do not currently have a confirmed start date as to when we can begin hosting events. However, our event and catering team is available to support your virtual events and to assist you with planning for the future. Please contact our events team at private.events@usc.edu. We look forward to hosting your event in the future.