Parents, friends, and family members are welcome to the Pittsburgh campus for commencement on both Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th. All visitors should enter the Petersen Events Center through the lobby-level entrance (at the corner of Terrace and Desoto streets) or through Concourse A (from Sutherland Street).

No tickets are required to attend the ceremony.

If this is your first time visiting the campus, you may enjoy seeing a few notable landmarks—including several that are “off the beaten path.” We’ve suggested a few that make particularly nice places for snapshots of your loved ones.

You’re also invited to download and print out a walking tour which includes a campus map.


Pittsburgh is easy to reach via the city's international airport as well as by car, bus, and train. Learn more.


Several hotels in the city's Oakland neighborhood are close to campus, Pitt's Petersen Events Center (which hosts the undergraduate ceremony), and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum (graduate ceremony). Numerous other hotels are located in downtown Pittsburgh and other areas near Oakland.


Commencement participants and guests can travel to the Petersen Events Center and Museums by car, bus, taxi, and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft (as well as on foot, from nearby hotels).

Photo Spots

Looking for a picturesque campus location where you can photograph your new Pitt graduate? Or are you the new grad who wants to snap photos with friends and familiy members? Check out some particularly photogenic spots.