Carnegie Mellon University

Update on Commencement 2021: In an effort to continue mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19 and in accordance with Pennsylvania's restrictions on in-person events, the university has announced that this year's commencement exercises will be conducted virtually through an online conferral of degrees program. Future updates and announcements will be posted to the Commencement website.

Graduation & Diplomas

The University Registar's Office and The HUB support graduating students with preparing for graduation and distribute diplomas to all Carnegie Mellon students.

Degrees are conferred by academic departments in August, December and May of each calendar year. The campus-wide Commencement Ceremony is held in May on the Pittsburgh campus.

Graduation Steps

Important action items to take prior to graduation

About Diplomas

Learn more about diplomas at CMU

Diploma Deadlines & Distribution

Information for Pittsburgh-campus students

Cap & Gown Adornments

Along with the standard Carnegie Mellon cap and gown, other regalia may be worn during the commencement ceremony:

  1. Medallions and/or cords are restricted to the use of designating university honors, college honors or university honor societies that admit students across all disciplines.
    • Medallions typically represent university honors and cords typically represent college honors.
    • Medallions and/or cords should not be used to designate other honors/clubs.
    • Medallions and honors cords may also be worn in conjunction with stoles and pins.
  2. It is recommended that graduating students wear only one stole with their academic regalia.
    • Students are certainly permitted to receive/purchase more than one stole if they are a member of multiple organizations that issue stoles and may choose to wear a particular stole to the main commencement ceremony and another to their diploma ceremony.
  3. Graduating students who are members of a club/organization that issues pins to designate affiliation are permitted to wear more than one pin with their academic regalia along with a stole, medallion and/or cords (as applicable).

These guidelines were reviewed and updated by the Associate Deans' Council in February 2009.