Weekend Schedule-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 17

8 - 9 a.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Initiation Ceremony
McConomy Auditorium, first floor, UC
  • Sponsors will send invitations directly to inductees.
  • Caps and gowns are required.
  • An optional, complimentary breakfast will precede the ceremony at 7 a.m. in the Connan Room, first floor, University Center.

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Commencement Welcome Area open
Wean Commons, first floor, UC

First Aid Area open

Athletic Equipment Desk, first floor, UC


8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cap & Gown Distribution open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, UC 
University Store open
First floor, UC


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

University Store Tent Sale open
North Lawn, UC


9:30 a.m.

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


10 - 11 a.m.

Honors Ceremonies


10:30 a.m. (continues throughout afternoon and varies by department)

Diploma Ceremonies and Department Events

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Undergraduate Commencement Presentation
Room 7500, Wean Hall
  • This is a presentation for HCII graduates to their families and peers.
  • RSVP here


4 - 6 p.m.

CMU Graduating Student Reception
Alumni House
  • The CMU Alumni Association will host a reception for all graduating students and their families.
  • Register by May 9.


5 - 7 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) Reception
Singleton Room, fourth floor, Roberts Engineering Hall
  • Sponsors will send information directly to invitees.


7 p.m.

Robing for Doctor’s Hooding Ceremony Participants
Rangos Hall, second floor, UC

8 p.m.

Doctor's Hooding Ceremony

Sunday, May 18

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

University Store open
First floor, UC


7:30 a.m. (continues throughout morning and varies by department)

Diploma Ceremonies and Department Events


8 - 11 a.m.

Cap & Gown Distribution open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, UC


8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Commencement Welcome Area open
Wean Commons, first floor, UC

First Aid Area open
Athletic Equipment Desk, first floor, UC

8:30 - 10 a.m.

School of Computer Science Breakfasts
RSVP to scs-rsvp@cs.cmu.edu or 412-268-8525.
SCS Undergraduate Breakfast
Perlis Atrium, third floor, Newell-Simon Hall
SCS Graduate Breakfast
Collaborative Commons, sixth floor, Gates & Hillman Centers


9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

University Store Tent Sale open
North Lawn, UC


10 a.m.

Robing for all commencement ceremony participants
More information will be posted soon.


10:15 a.m.

Procession of graduates
  • Ceremony participants will process from various locations across campus into Gesling Stadium.


11 a.m.

Main Commencement Ceremony


Noon - 5 p.m.

Cap & Gown Return open
McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, second floor, UC


12:30 p.m. (continues throughout afternoon and varies by department)

Diploma Ceremonies and Department Events