Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 19 - 20, 2018

Doctor's Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 19
Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie Museum

4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(off campus)

At this ceremony, all Ph.D. graduates will be individually hooded and recognized. A keynote address will be given by Njema J. Frazier, Ph.D., Director, Office of Experimental Sciences, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.


3:30 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer,
Carnegie Museum

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

General Information

  • Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Please do not arrive prior to this time.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • A reception will immediately follow in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.
  • Graduates will receive their diplomas at department/college diploma ceremonies, which take place throughout the weekend. View a schedule.


  • Tickets are not issued and there is no limit on the number of guests a student may bring.
  • Seating is first come, first served.
  • With the exception of disabled guests and their companions, all seating on the first floor of the Carnegie Music Hall is reserved for ceremony participants.
  • Guest seating is available on the first and second mezzanine levels.

Live Streaming

  • The ceremony will also be webcast on this site via YouTube.


  • Guests are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.
  • A professional photographer will be available at the reception to take posed photos of candidates.
  • Prints can be ordered from GradImages or by calling 800-261-2576.