First confirmed U.S. COVID-19 case in Washington state.
March 10th, 2020
USC announces a temporary shift to online classes for the week after Spring Break.
March 11th, 2020
In a day where COVID-19 became real for many Americans, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announce positive tests and the NBA suspends its season, following a bizarre Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game ending moments before tip-off.
March 15th, 2020
First confirmed USC student tests positive (not on campus). Dean Yannis Yortsos’ memo follows: “effective tomorrow, and until further notice, all non-essential office functions at Viterbi will be minimally staffed, with most work done remotely and on-line.”
— Yannis C. Yortsos, dean, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
March 19th, 2020
California issues statewide
stay at home order.
April 7th, 2020
USC Viterbi partners with the National Academy of Engineering on a national “Call to Action,” to identify and support engineering solutions for the global pandemic.
May 15th, 2020
USC commencement online. USC Viterbi celebration features special guests Andrew Viterbi,
Ming Hsieh, Larry Ellison, Academy Award- winning actor Geena Davis, actor Jack Black and Megan McCarthy from NIAID.
September 10th, 2020
Dean Yortsos returns to the (online) classroom, kicking off the 11-part “Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” lecture series. The free program immerses students in cutting edge, COVID research from USC Viterbi researchers.
December 11th, 2020
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
May 14-20th, 2021
USC returns to in-person graduation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — for the first time in 71 years! — for 2020 and 2021 graduates.