Carnegie Mellon University

The Senior Year Experience

Coordinated through SLICE in partnership with the Alumni Association and the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC), the Senior Year Experience program helps to shape the final academic year before a student’s graduation. The program is designed to ensure the successful completion of required academic coursework, to prepare students for their careers and life outside of the university, and to celebrate the achievement of becoming a senior and a CMU graduate. Additional opportunities encourage active reflection and engagement within the Pittsburgh and alumni communities. The goals of the program are to:

  • Celebrate the triumph of reaching senior year
  • Build social networks among seniors
  • Instill a sense of unity and community among the senior class
  • Encourage a strong institutional affinity
  • Prepare seniors for life outside of the university
  • Develop skills to enhance professional and personal success
  • Urge active engagement in the 100K+ alumni network
  • Expand students’ experiences within the city of Pittsburgh

Senior Week 2021

Alumni Welcome Gift Distribution

Congruatlations graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association! Sign up for a time slot to stop by the Alumni House to collect your welcome gifts. Giveaways include:

  • CMU T-shirt
  • CMU Tumbler
  • CMU Hat
  • CMU Alumni Champagne Glass
  • Pittsburgh Popcorn
  • Class of 2021 branded cookie & cupcake

Registration is limited, so sign up today! After signing up, please arrive at your selected pick up time. T-shirts and cupcake preferences are not guaranteed; priority will be given to early registrants.

Virtual Drag Bingo with Lola LeCroix

Wednesday, May 19th | 9pm EST | Zoom 

Get ready to type B-I-N-G-O with virtual Drag Bingo hosted by Pittsburgh’s very own Lola LeCroix. Free to play for the Class of 2021, come have fun, enjoy a show, and win some awesome prizes as we close out your experience as a student at Carnegie Mellon! We’ll be playing multiple rounds of bingo throughout the evening, so there will be multiple chances to win some great prizes! RSVP on Zoom details will be sent to those registered the day of the event.

Class of 2021 Paint Party

Thursday, May 20th | 2pm | CFA Lawn Stage 

Join us to celebrate the completion of your student experience at Carnegie Mellon at an outdoor painting event at the CFA Lawn Stage with your Class of 2021 peers! Senior Elise Delgado will be leading the group to paint a picture. Reserve one of the 50 available physically-distanced spaces on The Mall on

All painting materials including a canvas, paint, and brushes will be provided when you arrive at the event. RSVPs are required for attendance purposes.

Class of 2021 In-Person + Zoom Yoga

Wednesday, May 19th | 4-5pm EST | Studio A Kenner CUC

Register for in-person yoga here & Zoom link for this session

Thursday, May 20th | 12-1pm EST | Keeler Studio CUC

Register for in-person yoga here & Zoom link for this session

Slow Flow Yoga is traditional yoga where you will be guided through each pose slowly and mindfully. Build a stronger body while releasing tension and flow your way into a more blissful state. This class is suitable for beginners with little or no yoga experience, however the most experienced yoga practitioner will also be challenged as sometimes less is more.

Be Tartan Proud 

Show the world that you are a CMU graduate! Use the digital resources in the Commencement Party Kit to make your own décor, or stop by Alumni House later this week to pick up one of our pre-printed Yard Signs. Signs are limited to one per person and are available to the first 50 students per day. By taking a free sign, you promise to snap a quick pic of you and your sign and tag us on social at #CMUgrad21. Pick up times this week are:

  • Tuesday, May 11: 11:00
  • Wednesday, May 12: 1:00
  • Thursday, May 13: 3:00
  • Friday, May 14: 5:00


Cheers for Peers!

Write a message to your Class of 2021 classmates or read some of the congratulatory notes written to you by the CMU community. Starting Wednesday, May 12th, visit the Cohon University Center bulletin board near Entropy to see a giant banner dedicated to the Class of 2021. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to write a public message congratulating our soon-to-be graduates and wish them the best of luck. For digital submissions, use #CMUgrad21 on any of your social media posts.


Senior Portraits

Scheduling your Senior Portrait Session

Look out for an email from Lauren Studios to schedule your in-person senior portrait! Senior Portraits will be offered during the below dates in the Cohon University Center Alumni Lounge

  • April 26 - 30
  • May 3 - 7
  1. Check your CMU email inbox for a message from to retrieve your Client ID.
  2. Visit
  3. Create an account by clicking the orange tab
  4. Enter your Client ID and last name
  5. Follow the prompt to schedule your photo session

If you are unable to locate your Client ID, contact

All CMU students planning to be on campus or participating in campus activities, regardless of where the activities will take place, are expected to complete one asymptomatic test each week through the Tartan Testing Program and complete the daily Student Self-Assessment. By scheduling a photo session, you affirm that you are currently and will continue to participate in the Tartan Testing Program, as expected by the university.

Retiring "The Thistle" Yearbook & Senior Portraits

In consideration of trends around the country related to the physical printing of yearbooks and the continued evolution of technology as a more sustainable form of communication and archive, CMU student leaders made the difficult decision to sunset The Thistle physical yearbook. CMU will continue to celebrate its graduating classes in a myriad of other ways by CMU departments, colleges, and university communications, as well as seek out new and innovative ways to commemorate CMU’s classes.

Graduating students leave long lasting impressions and impacts on campus, and CMU is grateful and better for their investment in the university community. Celebrating their work and cataloging it for historical purposes is an important responsibility. The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) will continue to highlight and celebrate graduating students through long-standing and important traditions including:

Additionally, moving forward, SLICE will offer the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to have their professional portraits taken and be included in a photobook, which will be available for purchase through Lauren Studios.

Once campus life returns to a more typical year, The Tartan student newspaper hopes to return to printing a dedicated Commencement issue, featuring highlights of the graduating class throughout the four years leading up to that year’s ceremony.

For questions about this transition or the photobook, please email If you have ideas about how to celebrate our graduating students, please send them to

Senior Resources

Whether you're looking for academic support, career advice, an alumni community, or ways to socialize with your peers, the University has many different valuable resources that can be helpful. 

Start off with some tips on making the most out of your senior year and goals to finish strong from your Tepper Academic Advisors!