Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unable to attend in person, the graduation ceremony will be available to watch via livestream. The link will be shared closer to ceremony.

  • Academic regalia is required for graduating students in order for them to be able to participate in the ceremony.
  • Only students in full academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) will be permitted to participate. The only exception is for graduates in military uniform.
  • Students may order their academic regalia through the University Store on Fifth. Visit the store website for more information. Undergraduate students may also visit the University commencement website for additional information.

  • Students should arrive for the ceremony between 5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Please do not arrive before 5 p.m.
  • They should enter through the main entrance of the Fitzgerald Field House.
  • Students should arrive already dressed in their academic regalia.

  • Once the student arrives, they should report to the line-up area and check in with their marshal (the staff or faculty member assigned to organize the students).
  • The student will receive their name card (for name announcing) in a bag on each graduate’s seats.

  • Guests should arrive at 5:30 p.m.
  • After arriving, guests should proceed to the bleachers area of the Fitzgerald Field House.

  • When the student completes their RSVP for the ceremony, they should indicate if any accommodations are required for individuals with disabilities.
  • Wheelchairs will be available on site.
  • There will be an ASL interpreter during the main ceremony.

  • Paid parking is available at the OC Lots across the street from the Fitzgerald Field House. There are also a limited number of metered parking spots on the street.
  • Additional parking is available at various lots on the Pitt campus.

  • There will be a photographer on site who will take pictures of the graduating students.
  • The graduating students will be emailed a link to the main picture gallery where they can download pictures.

The University holds a central ceremony for undergraduate students. However, there is not a University-wide ceremony for graduate students.

The date of that ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 28th at the Petersen Events Center. For more information regarding the undergraduate ceremony, please visit the University of Pittsburgh Commencement site.

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