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2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception Information

Published on 2/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception – 2017


The School of Education will be holding its 2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Seating for the School of Education ceremony is limited to eight guests per graduate. All graduates who attend will be individually recognized by name at the ceremony, which begins promptly at 9 a.m. Students should arrive at the Fitzgerald Field House, Allequippa & Darragh Streets, by 8:15 a.m. Most students wear academic regalia; however professional attire is acceptable. Please be prompt!

In appreciation of all our graduates and honorees, the School of Education Alumni Society is providing a photographer to take a complimentary picture of you with Dean Lindsay Clare Matsumura. You will also receive a folder for this picture and your diploma, compliments of the School’s Alumni Society. 

The University will hold two ceremonies at the end of this term to celebrate graduation.  The University will host a graduate and professional ceremony on Saturday, April 29, at 4:00 pm at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum and an undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, April 30, at 1:00 pm at the Petersen Events Center.  Both ceremonies will be followed by receptions open to all to celebrate the conferral of degrees upon our newest graduates. Information for the University ceremonies will come separately from the University. Information will be also provided on the commencement website, which will be updated soon to reflect these new ceremonies.

The University will provide free parking at all University parking lots. However, parking in the various lots is on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to arrive as early as possible.

The School of Education will be honoring its candidates for its Doctor of Education degree program at the April ceremony with a ceremonial hooding.

Please note, while summer graduates can participate in the School of Education graduation ceremony, they are not eligible to participate in the University Commencement because they have not completed their degree requirements at this time. In addition, while PhD candidates are welcome and encouraged to attend the School of Education ceremony and reception, hooding for PhD candidates takes place at the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday.

For those students whose programs are finishing up in April, please consider attending Graduation Central on April 11 and 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Oakland. At Graduation Central, you will be able to gather important information for the University commencement ceremony and pick up you regalia for graduation. For more information on Graduation Central, please visit Summer graduates who wish to order regalia may do so from the bookstore.

To RSVP to the School of Education’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 30, please visit Your RSVP for the School of Education Graduation Ceremony and Reception should be done by April 25, 2017. Please email if you have questions. Commencement flowers are also available through Pitt. In addition, Robert Cifone Photography will be taking a professional graduate portrait as each student receives their diploma. To order additional portraits, please review the following document.

Please note: At the School of Education Graduation Ceremony, you will be required to complete an information card which you will take with you to the stage. It will be collected at the stage to announce your name and for photograph identification. The information card will be located on your seat along with a School of Education pen. Please make sure the information card is completed before you walk to the stage.  

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on this important occasion.


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