FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


What is the 40th Annual Chicanx/Latinx Graduate Celebration?

*The 40th Annual Chicanx/Latinx Graduate Celebration (formerly known as the Chicano/Latino Graduation) is a beautiful event that takes place the night before University Commencement. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate students’ personal success and academic achievements in the spirit and traditions of our culture. The celebration is dedicated to our families and is bilingual. The ceremony is open to all graduating students and allows graduates the opportunity to publicly thank those who have helped them throughout their educational careers. Each graduate will have 20 seconds of time on the microphone to address the audience. ** In addition, we ask that each graduate go back to their seat after they have participated and be respectful of their fellow students who are still waiting to have their 20 seconds. YOU ARE ASKED NOT TO LEAVE UNTIL THE ENTIRE GRADUATE CELEBRATION IS COMPLETE.

When is the 40th Annual Chicanx/Latinx Graduate Celebration?

This year it will be held on **Thursday, May 14th, 2020 from 8:00pm– 10:00pm at Cromwell Field. The ceremony will be approximately 2 hours long. **On March 20, USC President Carol L. Folt informed the USC community that 2020 commencement exercises will be postponed. USC will hold a virtual conferring of degrees and a series of online events and speakers in May. The university does plan to hold an in-person, on-campus celebration for graduates, and a date will be set after more is known about the advance of the pandemic. Click here for updates and more information about commencement from the university.

Who can participate?

Any USC student (undergraduate or graduate/doctoral candidate) completing a degree in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020. Although this ceremony does have a cultural emphasis, it is open to all USC students.

I am NOT Chicanx, may I still participate?

Absolutely. This ceremony is open to all USC students, but does have a cultural atmosphere. We recognize that not everyone of Latin American descent identifies as Chicanx. However, the first students who organized the event did, and out of appreciation for history and those who came before us, we keep the term in the title of the event.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participation is Free.

How do I register?

We ask that you register at the La CASA website by extended deadline Friday April 10th, 2020 by 4:30pm. By registering by the priority deadline, you will be guaranteed to be included in the Commemorative Book. If you do not submit your picture during allotted time frame, only your blurb will be included. See below for time frame of submitting your picture. To RSVP go HERE.

What is the Commemorative Book?

Similar to a yearbook, the Commemorative Program serves as a directory for graduates with photos and messages. Each graduate who registers by the extended priority deadline Friday, April 10th, 2020 by 4:30pm will be guaranteed to be in the book. In addition to an individual picture and message blurb, graduates and their Parents/Guardians can purchase additional dedication space. Commemorative Programs will also be sold at the ceremony for family members and friends who would like a copy themselves. For more information on how to purchase additional space in the commemorative book or to buy additional books in advance, please email Leticia Delgado at ladelgad@usc.edu.

How do I submit my picture for the commemorative book?

In order for your picture to be included in the commemorative book, you can submit it by the extended deadline of Friday April 10th, 2020 by 4:30pm and following the instructions HERE.

Does EVERY graduate get time on the microphone?

Yes. **Each participant will have 20 seconds of time on the microphone to address the audience/their guests. Graduates usually take this time to thank loved ones, professors, mentors, etc. The 20 second time limit will be enforced! We ask that graduates be respectful of their time as it affects other graduates and the audience. We suggest writing your message on an index card in preparation for the night. **If we have a larger turnout then expected, we will change the limit to 15 or 10 seconds.

Do I have to use my time on the microphone?

No. If you do not want to speak, you do not have to.

How many guests may I invite?

You may invite as many guests as you would like. After you have registered, go to the La CASA website, and print the pre-formatted inserts to include with your graduation announcements. They will be available in English and Spanish. Seating is on first come, first serve basis, so please advise your guests to arrive early to secure seating.

What do I wear?

Please wear your academic regalia (cap & gown).

Where can my guests park?

Parking is available on campus for $14. The closest structures to Cromwell Field are Parking Structure A (PSA) and Parking Structure B (PSB).

Map of parking structure locations can be found here 

If guests need special accommodations, who should I contact?

If you or your guests need special accommodations (wheelchair access, etc.), please inform La Casa at lacasa@usc.edu about your needs ASAP or latest by extended deadline of Friday, April 10th, 2020 by 4:30pm.  Accommodations will be handled on a case by case basis, but please be considerate of informing us in advance so that we have proper and ample time to make preparations. If you miss the Friday April 10th, 2020 deadline we cannot guarantee that your request will be met.

What is the Class Speaker?

One graduate will address the class and audience with a 4-6 minute speech. Graduates wishing to speak must submit an application by extended deadline of Friday, April 10th, 2020 by 12:00Noon. Finalists will audition for the graduate committee which can include students, staff and/or faculty. Only one speaker will be selected. Applications are available here.

Who are the Master(s) and/or Mistress(es) of Ceremonies (MC)?

Two graduates will serve as MC for the evening. All graduates are eligible to apply. Graduates wishing to apply must submit an application by extended deadline of Friday, April 10th, 2020 by 12:00Noon. Finalists will audition for the graduate committee which can include students, staff and/or faculty. Applications are available here.

Who plans the celebration?

The celebration is funded by La CASA and the Latinx Student Assembly. It is planned by a committee that meets weekly. This semester, committee meetings are held on Mondays from 4:00pm-5:00pm at La CASA, STU 402. If you are interested in helping plan this event, join the committee! Contact us at lacasa@usc.edu.

Where do we meet the day of the graduate celebration?

Check-in and lineup will begin at 6:00pm at Jacques Plaza (in front of the USC Bookstore). All graduates must arrive and be checked in by 7:00pm. If you would like to walk/sit with your friends, you must be on time. Please direct your family and friends to Cromwell Field. Your guests cannot walk in with you during the graduate procession.

What do I do if I still have questions?

What do I do if I still have questions? You can email lacasa@usc.edu.