Carnegie Mellon University

Graduation Steps

Students expected to graduate should review the following steps, which contain important information and action items that should be completed prior to graduation. 

Review your unofficial academic record on Student Information Online (SIO) for missing or incomplete grades and missing transfer credit.

  • If you have any outstanding transfer credit, you must have the other school send an official transcript directly to the University Registrar's Office, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Warner Hall A-19, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Our office will distribute the official transcript to your department for approval. Please make sure your department knows to expect the transcript.
  • Important: Transfer credit and missing or incomplete grades should be resolved before your expected graduation semester to ensure certification of your degree.
Review your degree information and graduation status on SIO (under the Academic Info tab, click on Graduation and Diploma).
Check your student account balance in SIO and make any necessary payments. Students with outstanding balances will not receive diplomas, verifications or transcripts until those balances are paid in full. 
If you received federal loans, you must complete the appropriate exit counseling sessions. Follow-up notifications will be sent to students until required counseling sessions are completed.
Please be sure to update your contact information in SIO under both My Info and Graduation and Diploma, so that we can relay any necessary communications in a timely manner. Please remember that we use the diploma delivery address on the Graduation and Diploma page, not the permanent address under My Info, for mailing diplomas. 

If you are continuing studies at Carnegie Mellon, register for classes for the upcoming semester. This will help us know that you plan on continuing your studies, and it will keep your Andrew ID from expiring automatically.

If you are not continuing studies at Carnegie Mellon, please do not register for classes. Your enrollment status will change to ‘pending graduate' for the upcoming semester. This will prompt the system to: a) remove upcoming charges, b) remove your access to register for courses, and c) set your Andrew ID to expire. 

If you are attending the May Commencement Ceremony in Pittsburgh, be sure to check the Commencement website for updated information. Past August and December graduates should bring their diploma with them. Otherwise, a blank diploma case will be issued during the ceremony.

Don’t forget to start using your new alumni email ( powered by Google Apps! Visit to learn more about your account and to access your email. You may also access your alumni email directly at Log in at any time with your Andrew ID and existing password.
In June, recent graduates will receive information about downloading a Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiploma) through CeCredential Trust. CeDiplomas are the electronic equivalent of your paper diploma and are provided free of charge by the university. View more information about CeDiplomas on our Information page.