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Commencement

In honoring our commitment to an in-person commencement ceremony, we are inviting graduates from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 to celebrate their achievements during Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the KOA Arena at Pitt-Bradford. 


Show your excitement about graduating – or supporting someone who is --  by using one of these signs for your yard and windows, designs for the tops of cakes and cupcakes, photo props, pennants, stickers, and Zoom or Teams backgrounds.   


Commencement Ceremony 2021

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Nursing Pinning Ceremony 2022

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Important Information for Graduates:

  • Graduation Checklist
  • CAPS, GOWNS, AND HOODS: Please read carefully.  You will order your regalia through Follett’s website at https://pittbradford.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome. YOU MUST PLACE YOUR REGALIA ORDER BY TUESDAY, MARCH 18.  When ordering your cap, gown, and hood, please note that recipients of the B.A., B.S., or B.S.N. degree wear a black gown; recipients of the A.A. or A.S. degree wear a royal blue gown.
  • TICKETS: Up to 4 tickets will be allotted to each eligible graduate participating in commencement exercises for seating in the KOA Arena. Additional tickets will be granted for overflow seating to watch the live stream of commencement in the Bromeley Family Theater.  You will request your tickets when placing your regalia order.  Tickets will be distributed at Graduation Central on Wednesday, April 20 or can be picked-up in the Student Affairs office April 21-27. Or will be mailed to 20-21 grads.
    • * If any of your guests require accommodations, please contact Heather Gleason at HNG12@pitt.edu and provide information regarding necessary accommodations, (interpreting services, wheelchair seating, etc.).
  • GRADUATION CELEBRATION EVENT:  Detailed information on this Saturday, April 30 evening event will be sent to you in March by the Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement.
  • A.S. IN NURSING PINNING CEREMONY:  For graduates receiving the A.S. degree in nursing, a pinning ceremony will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday, May 1, in the Bromeley Family Theater, Blaisdell Hall.  This is in addition to your participation in Commencement.  Pinning will last no longer than 45 minutes, which will give you adequate time to get to the Sport and Fitness Center for the Commencement processional line-up.  DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE A.S. IN NURSING PINNING CEREMONY WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU BY THE DEPARMENT OF NURSING.
  • COMMENCEMENT LINE-UP:  It takes time to make sure each graduate is in the proper position for the processional.  Please be sure to be at the McDowell Fieldhouse in the Sport and Fitness Center, fully dressed in your regalia, by 1:15 P.M. sharp on Sunday, May 1st.
  • PARKING AND SHUTTLE VANS:  On Commencement Day, there will be a free shuttle van running between the central part of campus and the Sport and Fitness Center, both before and after the ceremony. The first shuttle will begin to run at 12:30 P.M.  We are hoping as many graduates as possible will choose to park in lots on the central part of campus and either walk or use the shuttle.  This will provide parking at the Sport and Fitness Center for family members and friends who require special accommodations.
  • LIVE WEB BROADCAST OF COMMENCEMENT—Family and friends will be able to view Commencement on this page on day of ceremony.