Petersen Events Center

Registration is closed for the following schools:

  • Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • School of Computing and Information
  • School of Education
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Should you have any questions, please email gradinfo@pitt.edu or your school directly.

 

Friday, April 30 & Sunday, May 2

What Happens On Commencement Day

Friday, April 30, Ceremony Times

10 a.m.

  • School of Pharmacy undergraduate, graduate and professional students


4 p.m.

  • School of Nursing undergraduate, graduate and professional students


Sunday, May 2, Ceremony Times

10 a.m.

  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences undergraduate, graduate and professional students


4 p.m.

  • School of Computing and Information undergraduate students
  • School of Education undergraduate students
  • School of Social Work undergraduate, graduate and professional students

Are COVID Mitigation Measures in Place for Commencement? 

  • Anyone attending in-person ceremonies will be required to wear a face covering to enter the building and must wear it throughout the event.
     
  • With the proper health and safety protocols in place, including face coverings, physical distancing and good hand hygiene, Pitt's COVID-19 Medical Response Office is confident that in-person ceremonies present minimal risk.
     
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Petersen Events Center.
     
  • For graduates and guests who are unable to attend the in-person ceremonies, each ceremony will be livestreamed to be viewed online.


Where Do I Enter and When? 
 

ALL GRADUATES are to arrive through the Petersen Events Center LOBBY LEVEL entrance only:
 
  • Graduates do not need a ticket to enter the building.
     
  • Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for graduates attending the 10 a.m. ceremonies, and at 2:30 p.m. for graduates attending the 4 p.m. ceremonies.
     
  • Graduates must be in the building no later than 9 a.m. (for the 10 a.m. ceremony) and in their seat by 9:45 a.m. Graduates must be in the building no later than 3 p.m. (for the 4 p.m. ceremony) and in their seat by 3:45 p.m.


Where Do My Guests Enter?

  • Guests must have a ticket to enter the building.
     
  • Each graduate is allowed a maximum of two (2) guests.
     
  • Doors to the Petersen Events Center will open to guests at 9 a.m. for morning ceremonies and 3 p.m. for afternoon ceremonies. 
     
  • All guests will enter the Petersen Events Center through either CONCOURSE A or CONCOURSE C. (Guests who enter through the LOBBY LEVEL entrance will be directed to the Concourse Level.)


How Do I Get Tickets for My Guests for My School Ceremony? 

  • All guests must have a ticket to enter the building and will be assigned a seat that will be socially distanced.  Seats will be in groups of two (2) only. 
     
  • Tickets for the ceremony will be assigned and sent electronically to all graduates who RSVP by April 15via their Pitt email. Graduates are responsible for forwarding the electronic tickets to their guests. (A step-by-step guide on how to accept the tickets and how to transfer them to their guests will be included).
     
  • Graduates who RSVP after April 15 should contact their individual school for ticket information.
     

What Happens Once I Arrive? 

Graduate Check In (if you are having your students register the day of): 
  • Once the graduate arrives at the LOBBY LEVEL entrance, they should check in at the registration area.
     
  • Graduates are to arrive with their regalia and academic hood on (with the exception of doctoral students who will be hooded during their ceremony)
     
  • After checking in, the graduate will proceed onto the Petersen Events Center Floor. All graduates must be in their seats 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Volunteers will be on-site to assist as needed.

Does Everyone Wear Regalia? 

  • This is an academic ceremony and, as such, academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.
     
  • Only those students in full academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) will be permitted to participate. The only exception will be for those graduates in military uniform.
     
  • Regalia can be ordered through the University Store on Fifth or by clicking HERE and having it shipped to you directly.
     
  • For questions concerning shipments, contact Oak Hall at 800-456-7623 or webdept@oakhalli.com.


What Happens During the Ceremony? 

  • All graduates should remain in their seats until staff move the students.
     
  • Graduates will be led to the stage. Graduates should always remain at least six feet from other graduates in line.
     
  • Name announcers will read the graduate’s name and they will be congratulated verbally on the stage by the chancellor, provost and your dean. Graduates will not be shaking hands with anyone on stage.
     
  • It is important for graduates to move swiftly across the stage.
     
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: All graduates should refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, or purses with them to the ceremony as they might not return to the same seat after crossing the stage. 


What Accommodations Have Been Made for Individuals With Disabilities? 

  • The entrance for family members (CONCOURSE A) and the entrance for students (LOBBY) are both handicap accessible.
     
  • When graduate students RSVP for their ceremony through their school, they will indicate at that time if special accommodations are needed for guests and / or the graduate.
     
  • For graduates and their families who will be watching the ceremony online, open captioning will be automatically displayed during the broadcast.
     

Where Should I Park? 

  • The OC Lot will be open beginning at 8 a.m. on both days and will be free for graduates and their guests.
     
  • Accessible shuttles will begin an hour before each ceremony and will continue running until one hour after the ceremony. They will run from the OC Lot to the Petersen Events Center entrance on Allequippa Street in a continuous loop. Due to physical distancing, the shuttles will not be full. Please expect slower travel times.

If I Am Not Attending In Person, How Do I Watch From Home? 

  • Each commencement ceremony will be livestreamed for guests who are unable to attend. 
     
  • Visit commencement.pitt.edu to obtain the link to join at the scheduled time of your ceremony.
     

Anything Else? 

  • Please make sure to choose a meeting location for after the ceremony with your guests outside of the Petersen Events Center.  Guests will be asked to exit immediately after the ceremony, and graduates will be released by sections after the guests have exited to assist with physical distancing.
     
  • Alcoholic beverages and items that can interfere with the ceremony (beach balls, bullhorns, etc.) are not permitted in the Petersen Events Center and will be confiscated.
     
  • All commencement related info will be available online at commencement.pitt.edu.  
     
  • Each ceremony should last between 2 – 2 ½ hours in length.
     
  • GradImages, an external photography service, will take photos of all students as part of the procession to the stage (with the exception of the School of Pharmacy ceremony.)  These photographs can be purchased directly from GradImages following the ceremony.  www.gradimages.com

Thursday, April 29

What Happens On Commencement Day

6 p.m.

Commencement for Graduate and Professional Students from the:

  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Computing and Information
  • School of Education

Are COVID Mitigation Measures in Place for Commencement? 

  • Anyone attending in-person ceremonies will be required to wear a face covering to enter the building and must wear it throughout the event.
     
  • With the proper health and safety protocols in place, including face coverings, physical distancing and good hand hygiene, the COVID-19 Medical Response Office is confident that in-person ceremonies present minimal risk.
     
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Petersen Events Center.
     
  • For graduates and guests who are unable to attend the in-person ceremonies, each ceremony will be livestreamed to be viewed online.

Where Do I Enter and When? 

ALL GRADUATES are to arrive through the Petersen Events Center LOBBY LEVEL entrance only:

  • Graduates do not need a ticket to enter the building.
     
  • Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for graduates.
     
  • Graduates must be in the building no later than 5 p.m. and must be in their seats by 5:45 p.m.

Where Do My Guests Enter? 

  • Guests must have a ticket to enter the building.
     
  • Each graduate is allowed a maximum of two (2) guests.
     
  • Doors to the Petersen Events Center will open to guests at 5 p.m.
     
  • All guests will enter the Petersen Events Center through either CONCOURSE A or CONCOURSE C. (Guests who enter through the LOBBY LEVEL entrance will be directed to the Concourse Level.)

How Do I Get Tickets for My Guests for My School Ceremony? 

  • All guests must have a ticket to enter the building and will be assigned a seat that will be socially distanced. Seats will be in groups of two (2) only. 
     
  • Tickets for the ceremony will be assigned and sent electronically to all graduates who RSVP for the ceremony. The deadline to RSVP was Tuesday, April 13.  Registration will not be open to graduates the day of the ceremony.
     
  • Tickets will be emailed no later than April 23 to the graduate's Pitt email. Graduates are responsible for forwarding the electronic tickets to their guests. (A step-by-step guide on how to accept the tickets and how to transfer them to their guests will be included.)

What Happens Once I Arrive? 

Graduate Check In (if you are having your students register the day of):

  • Once the graduate arrives at the LOBBY LEVEL entrance, they should check in at the registration area.
     
  • Graduates are to arrive with their regalia and academic hood on. (Doctoral candidates who will be hooded during the ceremony should carry their hood.)
     
  • After checking in, the graduate will proceed onto the Petersen Events Center Floor. All graduates must be in their seats 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Volunteers will be on-site to assist as needed.

Does Everyone Wear Regalia? 

  • This is an academic ceremony and, as such, academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.
     
  • Doctoral candidates who want to be hooded on stage should carry their hood over their right arm. Doctoral candidates who do not feel comfortable being hooded should wear their hood.
     
  • Only those students in full academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) will be permitted to participate. The only exception will be for those graduates in military uniform.
     
  • Regalia can be ordered through the University Store on Fifth or by clicking HERE and having it shipped to you directly.
     
  • For questions concerning shipments, contact Oak Hall at 800-456-7623 or webdept@oakhalli.com.

What Happens During the Ceremony?

  • All graduates should remain in their seats until staff move the students.
     
  • Graduates will be led to the stage. Graduates should always remain at least six feet from other graduates in line.
     
  • Name announcers will read the graduate’s name and they will be congratulated verbally on the stage by the chancellor, provost and your dean. Graduates will not be shaking hands with anyone on stage.
     
  • Doctoral candidates:  If you choose to be hooded, you should move across the stage to stand with your back to the designated faculty hooder. (Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to accommodate faculty advisors at the ceremony.) Once you have been hooded, you can then cross and exit the stage. Hooded graduates should not shake hands or turn to face the hooder at any time. If you choose not to be hooded, please wear your hood and cross the stage as your name is announced.
     
  • It is important for graduates to move swiftly across the stage.
     
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: All graduates should refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, or purses with them to the ceremony as they might not return to the same seat after crossing the stage. 

What Accommodations Have Been Made for Individuals with Disabilities? 

  • The entrance for family members (CONCOURSE A) and the entrance for students (LOBBY) are both handicap accessible.
     
  • When graduate students RSVP for their ceremony through their school, they will indicate at that time if special accommodations are needed for guests and / or the graduate.
     
  • For graduates and their families who will be watching the ceremony online, open captioning will be automatically displayed during the broadcast.

Where Should I Park?

  • The OC Lot will be open beginning at 4 p.m. and will be free for graduates and their guests.
     
  • Accessible shuttles will begin an hour before each ceremony and will continue running until one hour after the ceremony.  They will run from the OC Lot to the Petersen Events Center entrance on Allequippa Street in a continuous loop. Due to physical distancing, the shuttles will not be full. Please expect slower travel times.

If I am Not Attending In Person, How do I Watch from Home? 

  • Each commencement ceremony will be livestreamed for guests who are unable to attend. 
     
  • Visit commencement.pitt.edu to obtain the link to join at the scheduled time of your ceremony.

Anything Else? 

  • Please make sure to choose a meeting location for after the ceremony with your guests outside of the Petersen Events Center. Guests will be asked to exit immediately after the ceremony, and graduates will be released by sections after the guests have exited to assist with physical distancing.
     
  • Alcoholic beverages and items that can interfere with the ceremony (beach balls, bullhorns, etc.) are not permitted in the Petersen Events Center and will be confiscated.
     
  • All commencement related info will be available online at commencement.pitt.edu.
     
  • Each ceremony should last between 2 – 2 ½ hours in length.
     
  • GradImages, an external photography service, will take photos of all students as part of the procession to the stage. These photographs can be purchased directly from GradImages following the ceremony.  www.gradimages.com