Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 18-19, 2019

Main Ceremony

Sunday, May 19
Gesling Stadium

All guests must be seated by 10:15 a.m. for the procession of graduates into 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.


10 a.m.
Various locations on campus

  • Robing is for all graduates and ceremony participants only. Guests should proceed directly to the ceremony.

General Information

  • The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • Graduates will receive their diplomas at department/college diploma ceremonies, which take place throughout the weekend. View a schedule.


  • All guests must be seated by 10:15 a.m. for the procession of graduates into Gesling Stadium.
  • Tickets are not issued and there is no limit on the number of guests a student may bring.
  • Seating is first come, first served.
  • General seating is available in the bleachers or on the field surface. Seating sections for guests who are elderly or have disabilities will be available on the field. 

Guests Who Are Elderly or Have Disabilities 

  • Seating sections for guests with disabilities will be available on the field surface. These seats are reserved for those guests who are in wheelchairs, who have difficulty with stairs and cannot access the bleacher seating, or those guests who have other seating needs due to a disability. Tickets or prior arrangements are not needed.
  • To accommodate as many families as possible, we kindly request that no more than three additional members of your party accompany a guest who is elderly or has a disability. Other guests may utilize the Family & Friends seating sections on the field or in the bleachers.
  • Closed captioning will be provided. Assistive Listening Devices will be available at the indoor simulcast location in McConomy Auditorium. 


  • The ceremony takes place outdoors in Gesling Stadium, rain or shine! The stadium is NOT covered and there is no shade. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of rain, complimentary ponchos will be distributed. The ceremony may also be shortened.
  • Weather is monitored the day of the event. Any changes to the ceremony will be provided on-site to guests.
  • If you or a family member cannot be in the direct sunlight or heat for a long period of time, we strongly encourage you to watch the ceremony from one of our indoor simulcast locations.


    • Multiple indoor simulcast locations will be available in the Cohon University Center:
      • Au Bon Pain, second floor
      • Kirr Commons, first floor
      • McConomy Auditorium, first floor
      • Studio Theater, first floor
      • Wiegand Gym, first floor
    • The ceremony will also be webcast on this site via YouTube and on the university's Facebook page.