Carnegie Mellon University


May 13-15, 2022

Planning Information for Families & Guests

Families, guests and all members of the CMU community are welcome to celebrate commencement weekend on campus. Use this webpage to find information about:

Commencement Welcome Area

Friday, Noon-6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wean Commons, First Floor, Cohon University Center

Upon your arrival at CMU, stop by the Commencement Welcome Area to speak with staff, answer your questions and find all the information you need to help make your visit to the university and Pittsburgh a pleasant one.

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Travel, Transportation & Parking

Travel & Transportation to CMU

CMU is located in the Oakland are of Pittsburgh, 22 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport. The street address of the university is 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

  • Shuttle service is available between the airport, downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. Visit
  • Bus service (28X Airport Flyer) runs between the airport, downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. Visit or call 412-442-2000.
  • Rental cars, taxis and app-based car services are available at the airport.


During commencement weekend, free parking will be available in the following locations:

  • East Campus Garage
  • Morewood Lot
  • Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) Garage
  • Gates Garage
  • Dithridge/Software Engineering Institute Garage
  • South of Neville Lot

Accessible parking is available in all campus lots. You do not need to reserve accessible parking ahead of time.

On-street metered parking is also available on Margaret Morrison (Saturday only), Frew and Tech Streets. Spaces are monitored by city police, except on Sundays. Violations may be ticketed.

Margaret Morrison Street will be closed on Sunday from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. to accommodate diploma ceremony shuttles.

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Diploma Ceremony Shuttles

Shuttles to and from select off-campus diploma ceremonies are available on Friday from 12:30-2 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Download Shuttle Map (PDF)

Visit the Diploma Ceremonies page for more information, including a complete diploma ceremony schedule.

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Accessibility Accommodations

Accessible Seating

During the main Commencement ceremonies at Gesling Stadium and the Doctor's Hooding Ceremony, we will provide accessible seating options for graduates and guests on the field surface. 

If you have family members who may have difficulty navigating the bleachers, we offer a limited number of seats on the field (up to four seats per family). Additional family members may sit in the bleachers. We must limit the number of on-field guests to ensure that there is space available for all who need it.

You do not need to contact us ahead of time to reserve accessible seating.

Sign Language Interpreters and Closed Captioning

Sign language interpreters will be stationed in the on-field seating area. Guests who will rely on the interpreters should plan to sit on the field.

Closed captioning will be projected onto the screens throughout the ceremonies.

Simulcast Locations

The main commencement ceremonies take place outdoors in Gesling Stadium, rain or shine. The stadium is not covered, and there is no shade.

If you or a family member cannot be the direct sunlight or heat for long periods of time, we encourage you to watch the ceremonies from on of our indoor simulcast locations in the Cohon University Center:

  • Au Bon Pain, second floor
  • Kirr Commons, first floor
  • McConomy Auditorium, first floor
  • Studio Theater, first floor

If you prefer to wear a facial covering while indoors, we recommend that you watch from Studio Theater. We will ask guests viewing from that location to wear facial coverings for the duration of each program.

To accommodate diploma ceremonies scheduled throughout campus on Saturday, the Doctor's Hooding Ceremony will not be simulcast to an indoor location.


If you would like to rent a wheelchair for the weekend and/or have one delivered to your home or hotel, we recommend contacting McKnight Medical Equipment at 412-820-0448.

A limited number of wheelchairs will be available to use while on campus on a first come, first served basis.  Visit the Athletics Information Desk on the first floor of the Cohon University Center to pick up a wheel chair.

Wheelchair pick up times:

  • Friday: Noon-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will be available for select off-campus diploma ceremonies. See Diploma Ceremony Shuttles for more information.

Diploma Ceremonies

To inquire about accessibility accommodations for a diploma ceremony, visit the Diploma Ceremonies page and contact the staff members listed for your ceremony.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in all campus lots. You do not need to reserve accessible parking ahead of time.

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Wireless Access

You may access the Carnegie Mellon wireless network throughout the weekend.

  • Select the CMU-GUEST wireless network
  • Log in with a valid, non-CMU email address
  • Enter the code 8CFGU5DS

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International Travel

Please be sure to review the website of the U.S. Embassy nearest to you to get current information and visa requirements.

Applying for a B-2 tourist visa? Review this document for helpful information.

Additional supporting evidence for international guests may be needed. These may be in the form of:

  • An Enrollment Verification Letter, which may be requested through Student Information Online (login required)
  • A print out from the commencement website

These documents can be used to convey to the U.S. consular office the need for a timely visa decision.

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COVID-19 Safety

Before you arrive, review CMU's COVID-19 webpageFacial coverings are still strongly recommended but will be optional for those who are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

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