Carnegie Mellon University

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 actions students expected to graduate should take prior to graduation, such as reviewing degree info & status, checking account balance, updating contact info, & more.

About Diplomas

Learn more about diplomas at CMU, steps students expected to graduate need to take, deadlines for updating info, distribution timelines, how to order an electronic diploma, & more. 

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.