Commencement Honors

2017 University of Southern California Wall of Scholars Award Ceremony

USC Scholar Distinctions

Scholar Distinctions (Renaissance Scholars, Discovery Scholars, and Global Scholars) are academic honors that students may apply for and will receive at the time of graduation. Each year, ten exemplary students from each of the three distinctions are selected for a $10,000 prize either for graduate study or creative projects. Learn more

2018 Scholar Distinction Recipients   |   Info session on USC Scholar Distinctions


Valedictorian & Salutatorian

At USC, it is the custom to name one student to serve as the University Valedictorian and one or more students to serve as University Salutatorian. The USC selection process recognizes the very highest levels of academic achievement, but it is also more holistic and takes into consideration service and leadership as well. Learn more


Emma Josephine Bradley Bovard Award

The Emma Josephine Bradley Bovard Award was founded by USC’s Faculty Women’s Club and is granted to graduating senior women who have attained the highest scholarship average of all undergraduate women at the University. The recipients attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average for their entire undergraduate course of study at USC. Learn more

University Trustees Award

The University Trustees Award is granted to graduating senior men who have attained the highest scholarship average of all undergraduate men at the University. The recipients of this award have earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average for their entire undergraduate course of study at USC. Learn more

USC Provost’s Award

The USC Provost’s Award is granted to graduating seniors who have attained the highest scholarship average of all undergraduate transfer students at the University. The recipients have attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Learn more

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