Carnegie Mellon University

Parents Leadership Circle (PLC)

The PLC is a community of engaged parents who provide direct financial support of university programs for the benefit of Carnegie Mellon students. Membership in the PLC is conferred on the parents of current students who have made gifts totaling $25,000 or more, which may be fulfilled over five years.

Gifts made by members of the PLC are designated to initiatives and programs that are meaningful to parents and families and their students.

"The Parents Leadership Circle is a wonderful group of parents who strongly believe in the mission and possibility of CMU. Participation enables us to develop meaningful connections in the Carnegie Mellon community, both with CMU leadership and with fellow parents."

Parents Leadership Circle Co-Chairs

Geoffrey and Jill Raker, pictured with their sons, Kyle (TPR 2025) and Kieran

Photo of Geoffrey and Jill Raker, pictured with their sons, Kyle and Kieran

Benefits of Membership

  • Exclusive briefings by university leaders on CMU updates
  • Invitations to special events during campus celebration weekends and regional PLC gatherings
  • Personal assistance to answer questions and facilitate university connections
  • Preferred seating at your student's commencement ceremony