Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement

May 22-23, 2021

An Update on Class of 2021 Commencement Exercises

In-Person Ceremonies

The University recently announced that they will offer in-person commencement exercises for graduating students in the Class of 2021. Families and friends of the graduates, as well as members of our community, will be able to watch the ceremonies through livestreamed video. With increasing evidence that transmission of the COVID-19 virus is significantly lower in outdoor settings, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has expanded the scope of permitted outdoor gatherings. With these changes, the university is now able to update its own policies to expand in-person activities outdoors, including our university-wide commencement program. 

Here is the current ceremony schedule:

Commencement Ceremony for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Candidates
Saturday, May 22
Anticipated check-in for in-person graduates: 10 a.m. ET
Ceremony: 11 a.m. - Noon ET
For those participating virtually, please plan to join us for the pre-show as well; exact start time to be announced. 

Commencement Ceremony for Bachelor's Degree Candidates
Sunday, May 23
Anticipated check-in for in-person graduates: 10 a.m. ET
Ceremony: 11 a.m. - Noon ET
For those participating virtually, please plan to join us for the pre-show as well; exact start time to be announced. 

Additional updates about this year’s exercises will be posted on this website. Check back often as we continue to explore additional in-person activities, launch social media challenges and provide you with tools to help celebrate your accomplishments.

College and Departmental Diploma Ceremonies

All college and department diploma ceremonies will be conducted virtually and the doctoral hooding ceremony will be postponed until May 2022. CMU’s other campuses and locations will make decisions about programs based on local conditions and restrictions.

An Opportunity to Celebrate in 2022

In addition to this year’s program, there will be a formal in-person commencement ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to be held in May 2022. This event will also include a special doctoral hooding ceremony for the doctoral candidates of both classes. More information will be shared with the CMU community during the fall 2021 semester.