Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 18-19, 2019

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 17

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cap and Gown Distribution
McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

2 p.m.

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

  • Sponsors will send invitations directly to inductees.
  • Inductees should report to Merson Courtyard, or in case of rain, to Kirr Commons, by 1:10 p.m.

  • A reception will immediately follow in the Connan Room, first floor, Cohon University Center.

4:30 p.m.

2019 Senior Leadership Recognition Ceremony (invitation only)
Rangos Ballroom, second floor, Cohon University Center

  • This ceremony recognizes nominated seniors who have reflected upon their specific leadership contributions during their time at CMU. 
  • Doors open at 4 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

2019 CMU Alumni Awards Ceremony
Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts

  • All are invited to join the CMU Alumni Association for the 2019 Alumni Awards ceremony and reception.
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m; seating by 6:20 p.m. Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
  • A dinner reception immediately follows the ceremony. 
  • The 2019 Award honorees include leading scientists, artists, business innovators, nonprofit leaders, technologists and visionaries, along with passionate alumni volunteers dedicated to service at CMU.

  • Learn more and register at cmu.edu/alumni/awards

Saturday, May 18

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

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

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

Cap and Gown Distribution
McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

9 a.m.

Honors Ceremonies
All ceremonies will take place on campus at various locations.

  • At these college-wide ceremonies, undergraduate students receiving university or college honors will be presented with their medallions and cords.
  • Associate deans will issue invitations to qualifying students and their parents beginning in mid-March and continuing through mid-April (depending on when a student’s grade point average is finalized).
  • Tickets are not issued and there is no limit on the number of guests.
  • Ceremonies last approximately one hour. Some may be preceded or followed by a reception.

9:30 a.m.

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

2 - 4 p.m.

Human-Computer Interaction Institute Undergraduate Commencement Presentation
Room 160, GSIA

  • A presentation for undergraduates in the HCI additional major and their families and peers.
  • RSVP to indra@cmu.edu

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Reception
PNC Foundation Room, second floor, Tepper Building

  • Sponsors will send invitations directly to invitees.

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 only. Guests should proceed directly to the ceremony. 

4:30 p.m.

Doctor's Hooding Ceremony 
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 on stage.
  • Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are not issued and there is no limit on the number of guests.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • A reception will immediately follow in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.

Sunday, May 19

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

Commencement Welcome Area  
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 - 11 a.m.

Cap and Gown Distribution
McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

9 a.m.

Gesling Stadium Opens

  • Seating is first come, first served. 

10 a.m.

Robing for All Commencement Ceremony Participants
Various locations on campus

  • Robing is for all graduates and ceremony participants only. Guests should proceed directly to the stadium.
  • All guests must be seated by 10:15 a.m. for the procession of graduates into Gesling Stadium. 

11 a.m.

Main Commencement Ceremony
Gesling Stadium

  • The ceremony begins with the procession of graduates and will include addresses from the student speaker and keynote speaker, as well as a charge from the president of the university.
  • 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 be available.
  • Graduates will receive their diplomas at department/college diploma ceremonies, which take place throughout the weekend. View the complete schedule.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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

12 - 3 p.m.

Cap and Gown Return (Faculty Only)
McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center