Important update on 2024 commencement
2019 USC Commencement
Procession at the 136th commencement at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. May 10th, 2019. Photo by David Sprague

April 15, 2024 Dear USC community, At this time of year, all talk about commencement should focus on the tremendous accomplishments of our 19,000-plus graduates, their friends, their families, and the staff and faculty who have been such a critical part of their journeys. As I walk around our campuses, there’s a palpable sense of…

Announcing Franita Tolson as Dean of the USC Gould School of Law
Dean Franita Tolson

On behalf of President Folt, I am excited to announce that Franita Tolson has been appointed as the new dean of the USC Gould School of Law, effective April 1, 2024. Dean Tolson will hold the Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law.

Appointment of New University and Distinguished Professors

It is my pleasure to announce that this year we have appointed Dana Goldman, Petros Ioannou, and Peter Kuhn as University Professors, and Ricky Bluthenthal, Sofia Gruskin, Surya Prakash, and Gale Sinatra as Distinguished Professors.

Brightspace Access & 2024 Training Registration Now Available

As we embark on the new calendar year, we continue to prepare for our new LMS system, Brightspace, for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 coursework. As of today, all faculty can now access Brightspace, along with all staff who are currently using Blackboard. You can access Brightspace by visiting and logging in with your USC credentials. Explore…

Message to USC Faculty

Dear Colleagues, Welcome back, and happy first week of classes! I hope you all had a restful and restorative winter break. Our community of USC faculty is an extraordinary group. You are the heartbeat of campus and the student experience. As we embark on the Spring 2024 semester, I am so grateful for the incredible…

Announcing the new Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Suzanne Wenzel will serve as the next Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, effective January 1, 2024.

Announcing Brett Steele as Dean of the USC School of Architecture

USC will welcome Brett Steele as dean of the USC School of Architecture, effective February 1, 2024. Dean Steele will hold the Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture.

Message from Provost Guzman and SVP Washington

Dr. Christopher Manning, Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CIDO), will be leaving USC on February 2, 2024, to serve as Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at San Diego State University.

Update on Free Speech, Expectations and Policies

USC as created a new website on freedom of expression, designed to help everyone in our community better understand free speech at the university.

Brightspace at USC 2024 All-Faculty Access Date and Training Announcement

All faculty and instructors will gain access to Brightspace at USC as well as training on January 16, 2024.