Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Schedule

We are proud to celebrate our newest graduates during this year’s commencement exercises!

Main Commencement Ceremony

  • Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates and their guests are invited to join the main commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14, for the conferral of all degrees.
  • The main ceremony will include remarks from the president, keynote speaker, student speaker and academic deans, in addition to recognition of the honorary degree recipients.
  • There is no limit on number of guests who can attend the main commencement ceremony and tickets are not needed.
  • The ceremony will take place on CMU’s campus and will be approximately 1.5 hours long.

Diploma Ceremonies

  • In addition to the main commencement ceremony, each college/school/department will host a diploma ceremony to recognize all graduating students. Diploma ceremonies will be held over the course of the weekend (Friday, May 12–Sunday, May 14).
  • Diploma ceremonies will include the presentation of diplomas to graduates, hooding of doctoral candidates and remarks from their college/school/department leadership. Each ceremony is organized and customized by their college/school/department.
  • Diploma ceremonies will take place both on and off campus. Locations and times for diploma ceremonies will be provided soon.
  • Diploma ceremonies typically include a reception and the length of time for each ceremony varies based on the number of graduates.

More details on the weekend schedule, including a diploma ceremony schedule, will be provided in the coming weeks. 

Thursday, May 11

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony
Ceremony: 2-3 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

Reception: 3-4 p.m.
Connan Room, Cohon University Center

Joanne Ursenbach 


Friday, May 12

Diploma Ceremonies
More details to come

Senior Leadership Recognition Ceremony
4–5:30 p.m.
Undergraduate students and their guests only


Saturday, May 13

Diploma Ceremonies
More details to come

President’s Doctoral Candidate Reception

Sunday, May 14

Robing and procession for graduates
9–10 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony
10–11:30 a.m.
Gesling Stadium, CMU’s campus

Diploma Ceremonies
Various times
More details to come