USC said new commencement caps and gowns will not be required for graduating students despite earlier reports.
University officials have said that the newly branded commencement regalia is not required for students to walk at commencement in May. This statement comes after last month's reports that the new gowns would be a requirement.
The updated regalia features cardinal piping along the gown and an embroidered USC shield on the sleeve. The Office of Cultural Relations and University Events had originally announced that these new gowns would be required for graduating students, but the university has since updated its policy.
"The new regalia, featuring a USC Shield and cardinal piping, was created to enhance and personalize the USC commencement experience," the university said on the Commencement 2018 website. "While the new customized gowns are the preferred commencement regalia, there is no requirement for graduates beyond the traditional black robes."
Rental of the new cap and gown bundle will start at around $70 for undergraduates, a $2 increase from last year. However, students are still able to borrow caps and gowns or reach out to third-party vendors, as in years past.