Carnegie Mellon University

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

By Shilo Rea

Over Carnegie Mellon University’s 121st Commencement Weekend, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Class of 2018 was celebrated through various ceremonies that marked their distinct and extraordinary academic accomplishments.

Dietrich College Dean Richard Scheines handed out university and college honors to 168 students. This was the first class Dean Scheines welcomed as first-year students to graduate.

“Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University is no small feat,” Scheines said, as he urged the students to thank their families and friends for their support.

Across the Dietrich College, 251 undergraduate degrees were conferred, 92 masters degrees were awarded and 25 Ph.D. students were hooded.

David Klahr, the Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Psychology, addressed the Department of Psychology, saying that he has always encouraged students to attend graduation ceremonies.

“It’s important to have markers in life,” Klahr said. “In order to comprehend life, markers help us slice things up with a beginning, middle and end. Today is the end of one phase and the beginning of another.”

Kiron Skinner, director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), encouraged graduates to “go forth and do good,” and to remember an important lesson about character.

“What you stand for is more important than what you wear,” Skinner said.

Below, find complete Dietrich College Commencement Weekend coverage, from diploma ceremony photos to videos and more.

Dietrich College Honors Ceremony

Honors Ceremony

English Department Diploma Ceremony

English Commencement

History Department Diploma Ceremony

History Commencement

Information Systems Program Diploma Ceremony

IS Commencement

Institute for Politics and Strategy Diploma Ceremony

IPS Commencement

Modern Languages Diploma Ceremony

Modern Languages

Philosophy Department Diploma Ceremony

Philosophy Commencement

Psychology Department Diploma Ceremony


Social and Decision Sciences Diploma Ceremony

SDS Commencement

Statistics & Data Science Department Diploma Ceremony

Stats Ceremony

Student-Defined Diploma Ceremony

Student Defined

Doctor’s Hooding Ceremony

Doctor Hooding

Ph.D. Graduates Hooded and Recognized »

#CMUDietrich Procession to Gesling Stadium


Watch the procession »

Commencement Student Speaker

Kevin Wainczak