For family and friends unable to attend Spring Commencement, the University is pleased to provide a live video stream of the ceremony.
With the current construction of the Sports Enhancement Performance Center, parking at the DakotaDome is extremely limited. For guest convenience, additional parking is provided at various locations including the Vermillion Technology Center (Duke & Princeton, across from Walmart and behind Hy-Vee). A shuttle – an approximate 3- minute ride from the center to the Dome – will run every 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Additional parking is located at Coyote Village (directly south of the Dakota Dome), USD Foundation Building (west of the Dakota Dome on Dakota Street), and the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts (N. University Street).
There is no limit to the number of guests candidates may invite to the ceremony, and no admission tickets are required.
The May and December ceremonies are held in the DakotaDome, with unlimited seating. Seating is available for guests with disabilities on a first-come, first-serve basis, up to 15 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Ushers will be available to direct you. If you require special assistance, please contact Disability Services, 605-677-6389.
Length of ceremony
May – two to two and a half hours
December – one to one and a half hours
A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos may be purchased directly from the photographer. Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony for all candidates. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage, near the commencement flags and at other spots within and outside of the DakotaDome.
Visit the Commencement Program Archive for access to program booklets from past commencement ceremonies at USD.