Weekend Schedule-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Schedule of Events

*Various diploma ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend. Visit the diploma ceremonies page for a complete schedule.

Friday, May 13 *

2 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Initiation Ceremony
McConomy Auditorium, first floor, Cohon University Center

  • Sponsors will send invitations directly to inductees.
  • Caps and gowns are required for graduates.
  • A reception will immediately follow in the Connan Room, first floor, Cohon Center

4:30 p.m.

2016 Senior Leadership Awards Ceremony
Rangos Hall, second floor, Cohon University Center

  • This invitation-only ceremony recognizes nominated seniors who have reflected upon their specific leadership contributions during their time at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Doors open at 4 p.m.

6 p.m.

Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception
Chosky Theatre, Purnell Center for the Arts

  • The Alumni Association honors alumni and students for outstanding professional achievements and service to the university at the 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception. All alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, friends and family are welcome to attend.
  • Doors open at 5 p.m.
  • Reception to follow the ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
  • Registration required. The deadline to register is Friday, April 29. Walk-on registrations accepted as space allows.
  • Learn about the 2016 Honorees.

7:30 p.m.

Business Administration (Master’s & Doctor’s) Diploma Ceremony
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (off campus)

Saturday, May 14 *

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Commencement Welcome Area Open
Wean Commons, first floor, Cohon University Center

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cap & Gown Distribution Open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

9 a.m.

Honors Ceremonies
All ceremonies will take place on campus.

  • At these college-wide ceremonies, undergraduate students receiving university or college honors will be presented with their medallions and cords.
  • Visit the honors ceremonies page for more details.

Naval ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (off campus)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Undergraduate Commencement Presentation
Room 7500, Wean Hall

  • This is a presentation for HCII graduates and their families and peers.
  • RSVP here.

3:30 p.m.

Robing for All Doctor’s Hooding Ceremony Participants
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, Carnegie Museum, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (off campus)

  • Robing is for doctor's candidates and faculty hooders. Guests should proceed directly to the ceremony. 

4 - 6 p.m.

Graduating Students & Families Open House
Alumni House

  • Join the Alumni Association for a light reception to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our graduating students. Take a tour of the Alumni House and learn more about the resources available to all alumni or take a break under the tent and meet current members of the Alumni Association Board.

4:30 p.m.

Doctor's Hooding Ceremony
Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie Museum, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (off campus)

  • Those graduates receiving their Ph.D.s will be individually hooded and recognized.  
  • Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
  • A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.
  • Visit the doctor’s hooding ceremony page for more details.

5 – 7 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) Reception
Singleton Room, Room 401, Roberts Engineering Hall

  • Sponsors will send information directly to invitees.

Sunday, May 15 *

8 - 11 a.m.

Cap & Gown Distribution Open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Commencement Welcome Area Open
Wean Commons, first floor, Cohon University Center

8:30 – 10 a.m.

School of Computer Science Undergraduate Breakfast
Perlis Atrium, third floor, Newell-Simon Hall

9 a.m.

Gesling Stadium Opens

10 a.m.

Robing for All Commencement Ceremony Participants
Various locations on campus

  • Only graduates and ceremony participants should report to robing locations. Guests should proceed directly to the ceremony.
  • Robing locations will be posted soon.

10:15 a.m.

Procession of Graduates

  • Ceremony participants will process from various locations on campus into Gesling Stadium.
  • All guests should be seated by this time!

11 a.m.

Main Commencement Ceremony
Gesling Stadium

  • The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Tickets are not issued or required. Seating is first come, first served.
  • The ceremony takes place outdoors in Gesling Stadium, rain or shine! The stadium is NOT covered and there is no shade.
  • An indoor simulcast and a webcast will also be available.
  • Visit the main commencement ceremony page for more details.
  • Graduates will receive their diplomas at department diploma ceremonies, which take place throughout the weekend. Visit the diploma ceremonies page for a complete schedule.

Noon - 5 p.m.

Cap & Gown Return Open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

12:30 - 2:15 p.m.

School of Computer Science Master's Student Luncheon
Perlis Atrium, third floor, Newell-Simon Hall