Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement

May 22-23, 2021

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

On Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, the CMU Community gathered online and in person to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Class of 2021. Watch the recordings below.

You can also check out our Commencement 2021 photo slideshow, which includes highlights from the weekend.

As you look through the photos and recordings, celebrate the Class of 2021 on social media by using #CMUGrad21. Your posts may be displayed on our Congratulations Wall at the bottom of this page.

Commencement Ceremony for Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Pre-Show

Ceremony

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Cristina Pullen (DC 2021)
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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National Anthem Megan Mateosky (CFA 2021)

Welcome James E. Rohr, Chair, Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees,
Retired Executive Chairman and former CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group

Remarks & Recognitions Farnam Jahanian, President, Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair

Welcome to New Alumni Chris Stengel (SCS 1993, TPR 2000), Alumni Association Board President

Student Speaker

Maria Cristina Pullen (DC 2021)

Learn more about the Student Speaker

Conferral of Honorary Degrees

Farnam Jahanian

James H. Garrett Jr., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering

Robert Summer (PM 1955), Music Industry Executive (Doctor of Fine Arts)

Jewell Parker Rhodes (DC 1975, 1976, 1979), Piper Endowed Chair, Arizona State University;
Founding Artistic Director, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (Doctor of Humane Letters)

The Honorable France A. Córdova, Former Director, National Science Foundation;
Former President, Purdue University (Doctor of Science and Technology)
Conferred Yesterday, Saturday, May 22

Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics,
Law School and Philosophy Department, The University of Chicago (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Conferred Yesterday, Saturday, May 22

Learn more about the Honorary Degree Recipients

Charge to the Graduates

Farnam Jahanian

Conferral of Degrees

Farnam Jahanian
James H. Garrett Jr.

William H. Sanders, Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean, College of Engineering
Dan J. Martin, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean, College of Fine Arts
Richard Scheines, Bess Family Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kenneth Hovis, Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives and Associate Teaching Professor,
Mellon College of Science
Martial Hebert, Dean, School of Computer Science
Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean, Tepper School of Business

Closing Remarks Farnam Jahanian

Commencement Ceremony for Master's and Doctoral Degree Candidates

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Pre-Show

 

Ceremony

Graduate Student Speaker

Frank Avino (TPR 2021)
Master of Business Administration
Tepper School of Business

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National Anthem Chantal Braziel (CFA 2020)

Welcome James E. Rohr, Chair, Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees,
Retired Executive Chairman and former CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group

Remarks & Recognitions Farnam Jahanian, President, Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair

Welcome to New Alumni Chris Stengel (SCS 1993, TPR 2000), Alumni Association Board President

Student Speaker

Frank Avino (TPR 2021)

Learn more about the Student Speaker

Conferral of Honorary Degrees

Farnam Jahanian

James H. Garrett Jr., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering

The Honorable France A. Córdova, Former Director, National Science Foundation;
Former President, Purdue University (Doctor of Science and Technology)

Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics,
Law School and Philosophy Department, The University of Chicago (Doctor of Humane Letters)

Robert Summer (PM 1955), Music Industry Executive (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Conferred on Sunday, May 23

Jewell Parker Rhodes (DC 1975, 1976, 1979), Piper Endowed Chair, Arizona State University;
Founding Artistic Director, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Conferred on Sunday, May 23

Learn more about the Honorary Degree Recipients

Charge to the Graduates

Farnam Jahanian

Conferral of Degrees

Farnam Jahanian
James H. Garrett Jr.

William H. Sanders, Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean, College of Engineering
Dan J. Martin, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean, College of Fine Arts
Joseph Devine, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich College of Humanities and
Social Sciences
Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Kenneth Hovis, Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives and Associate Teaching Professor,
Mellon College of Science
Martial Hebert, Dean, School of Computer Science
Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean, Tepper School of Business

Closing Remarks Farnam Jahanian

President Jahanian's Charge to the Class of 2021

Remarks from the Honorary Degree Recipients

France A. Córdova

Former Director, National Science Foundation
Former President, Purdue University
Doctor of Science and Technology

Martha C. Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Law School and Philosophy Department
The University of Chicago
Doctor of Humane Letters

Jewell Parker Rhodes (DC 1975, 1976, 1979)

Piper Endowed Chair, Arizona State University
Founding Artistic Director, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
Doctor of Humane Letters

Robert Summer (PM 1955)

Music Industry Executive
Doctor of Fine Arts

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