Our Mission

At the heart of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University's lush, hilltop campus provides a distinctive setting for conferences and special events of varying magnitude. Our campus offers meeting rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, and spacious ballrooms to host your one day event, multi-day conference, or elegant wedding reception!  Our seasoned coordinators will provide hands-on assistance in every step of the planning process.

In accordance with the University's Mission, Conference & Event Services executes official university functions, provides professional event solutions, and maintains event spaces for university constituents, alumni, friends and affiliates. Exceeding customer expectations is at the heart of all of our services, which include:

  • Creating, coordinating and/or supporting a variety of events for internal and external audiences, including social and academic University functions of varying scale, as well as wedding receptions, conferences and overnight housing for alumni and university affiliates. 
  • Ensuring efficient service, scheduling and maintenance for a variety of campus event spaces.

Event Planning Resources

Audio / Visual Services

The Office of Conference & Event Services is dedicated to providing top-of-the-line technology services that enhance your event! Event spaces across campus feature streamlined, integrated technology and offer a wide variety of audio visual services that can be coordinated to meet your specific needs.

Additional services and equipment can be added - please consult our Technology Services team for more details! 

Parkhurst Dining & Catering

Parkhurst serves as the exclusive food service provider on campus. Their food is skillfully made by expert chefs and served by a car­ing team. Duquesne guests will have their choice of a wide variety of delicious and healthy meals, featuring local and sustainable food sources and accommodations for every diet.

Cafeteria Meals & Dining Plans

Meals are an important component to any event or conference.  A meal plan will afford conference guests a variety of menu options, with flexible dining times and ample seating.  Meal plans can be customized to meet your conference schedule and event needs. 

Typical meal service times:

Breakfast: 7:30am-9:00am
Lunch: 11:30am-1:00pm
Dinner: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Saturday & Sunday
Brunch: 11:30am-1:00pm
Dinner: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Catering Services 

The Parkhurst catering team will work closely with you to create a menu that will impress your guests! From a continental breakfast to an elegant plated dinner, all menus can be customized to meet your event style. 

Parking Management

Guest parking is available in the Forbes Parking Garage at an hourly rate.

Though every effort is made to accommodate parking for your event, on-campus parking is unavailable during peak garage hours (from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic year.)

Facilities & Venues

Whether you are looking for a small conference room, lecture hall for 200, or banquet facility, Duquesne University has a variety of meeting and event spaces available throughout the year.

Classrooms can be used for formal instruction and informal break-out spaces.  Rooms are equipped with tablet arm chairs or tables & chairs. Each room has integrated audio-visual equipment.  Classroom availability is subject to academic schedule.

Four lecture halls accommodate capacities of 250+ and provide integrated audio-visual equipment.

Duquesne University offers a variety of different meeting facility spaces. Meeting facilities are subject to availability based upon the academic schedule.  A dedicated event staff member will work with you to plan a successful event from start to finish.

Integrated AV includes use of projector, screen, desktop computer, and sound system.

Located on the top level of the Power Center, the Charles J. Dougherty ballroom features expansive, customizable event space for various sizes and types of functions.  The silver certified LEED space features a spectacular view of downtown from floor to ceiling windows and two outdoor decks. 

The ballroom can be configured to accommodate large scale banquets of 350 and lectures of 800, to mid-sized gatherings, wedding receptions or intimate cocktail receptions.

The Fides Shepperson Suite, conveniently located adjacent to the ballroom, is ideal for pre-dinner receptions and event registration.

See Ballroom Floor Plan

Africa Room 

Location: 3rd Floor, Duquesne Union 

Accommodates lecture seating for 250 or banquet seating for up to 150. Ideal location for a Breakout Session, Banquet, or large group meeting space.

Union Ballroom 

Location: 4th Floor, Duquesne Union 

The Union Ballroom features windows on the north and south side of the building, allowing for lots of natural light. Hardwood floors line the center of the room, with new carpet spanning the space. Glass windows enclose the upper portion of the room. 

Enhanced Audio-Visual Equipment

If your event would be better executed with additional microphones for a detailed panel discussion, a confidence monitor to aid your presenter, or livestreaming your event - we've got you covered!

Each of the three sections of the Dougherty Ballroom feature a ceiling-mounted projector, screen and speakers; a lectern with a built-in microphone, desk-top computer, monitor, presentation remote, HDMI input for connecting personal devices; and up to two wireless lapel or wireless handheld microphones.

Union Ballroom: Features a lectern with built-in microphone, laptop computer, presentation remote, and HDMI input for connection of personal devices; up to 6 wireless lapel or handheld microphones. The projector, screen and speakers are ceiling-mounted. Around the perimeter of the room are 8 flat panel monitors to enhance visibility.

Africa Room: Features two ceiling-mounted projectors, two screens and speakers; a lectern with a microphone, desktop computer, monitor, presentation remote, HDMI input for connecting personal devices (cable not provided); up to four wireless handheld microphones.

Rooms 109, 119 and 613: Each room feature a ceiling-mounted projector, screen and speakers; a height adjustable - ADA accessible - lectern with built-in desktop computer, monitor, presentation remotes, Blu-ray players and HDMI inputs for connection of personal devices (cable not provided). 

Room 607: This small meeting room offers a display with HDMI connection to connect personal devices. 

Academic classrooms are equipped with integrated projectors, screens and computers.

Contact Us

Please contact us for more information or to schedule your event!

Office of Conference & Event Services