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Commencement

Congratulations to our May 2019 graduating class!

Additional May 2019 Commencement Information Graduation is a very special time when family, friends, faculty and students celebrate our graduates' significant achievements.

A Baccalaureate Mass and two commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Please see the Commencement Schedule below for details. Tickets are not required for any graduation events. Click on the pamphlet (left) for additional information.

Students must RSVP for their chosen Commencement Ceremony as well as for the Baccalaureate Mass. The RSVP links for these events are located at the bottom of this page.

Commencement Celebration 2019

In addition, Duquesne University will host a daylong Commencement Celebration 2019 reception to add to the festivities during its spring commencement ceremonies. The event will honor the new graduates, their families and their accomplishments in this all-campus celebration. Commencement Celebration 2019 will begin at 10 a.m. on Academic Walk and conclude at 7 p.m.  Please use the Commencement Celebration RSVP link below to RSVP to the reception.

Commencement Celebration RSVP

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 10, 2019

Free parking will be available in Duquesne University's Forbes and Locust Garages.

9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass  - Live Webcast

Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom--Fourth Floor (Overflow seating will be available in the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, 5th Floor Power Center.)

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Commencement Celebration

Academic Walk

12:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Ceremony - Live Webcast

(Master's and Doctoral Degree, and Graduate Certificate/Diploma Candidates)

Students from all schools will participate and will be recognized individually by name to cross the stage and be offered congratulations by President Gormley and their deans.

PPG Paints Arena
1001 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

3:00 p.m. Undergraduate Student Ceremony - Live Webcast

(Baccalaureate Degree Candidates)

Students from all schools will participate and will be recognized individually by name to cross the stage and be offered congratulations by President Gormley and their deans.

PPG Paints Arena
1001 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:30 a.m.  Pharmacy Commencement

David L Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Friday, May 24, 2019
11:00 a.m.
 Law School Commencement

David L Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

RSVP for May 10 Commencement, Mass or May 18 Pharmacy Commencement

Using the RSVP tabs below, please let us know if you are planning to attend Mass on May 10, the undergraduate or graduate commencement ceremony on May 10, or the Pharmacy commencement on May 18.  Please also indicate the number of guests who will be joining you. If you wish to modify a RSVP you already submitted, please follow the "Edit Response" link in your original email confirmation.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas are not automatically mailed to graduates. You must complete the diploma distribution tab below to provide a mailing address or to indicate that your preference is to pick your diploma up in the Office of the University Registrar.

The diploma release date is June 17, 2019.

Please note: All students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation. The forms below are not a degree application. To apply to graduate, you must log in to DORI no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, and follow this path: Self-Service Banner > Student Information > Student Records > Apply to Graduate

Regalia

Graduates must wear appropriate caps and gowns at commencement, available through the University Bookstore. Please visit the Regalia page or call the University Bookstore at 412.434.6626 regarding any regalia questions. If you prefer, you can email the University Bookstore

Guest Seating

No tickets are required for any of the events. Therefore it is very important that you register for all events you plan to attend at duq.edu/commencement. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to each of the ceremonies. Anyone in need of ADA seating for Commencement will be directed to go to Guests Services for designated seats. PPG Paints Arena has a limited number of wheel chairs available that can be used to escort individuals in need. This service is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly recommended those who have limitations bring their own wheel chair.

Prohibited Items-PPG Paints Arena

The following items are not permitted in the PPG Paints Arena: backpacks, laptop computers, Ipads, coolers, thermoses, cans, bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, duffle bags, tote bags, banners, video and movie cameras, ALL cameras with detachable lenses, still cameras with lens longer than 3”, tripods, selfie sticks and weapons.

Parking

Parking is available in the PPG Paints Arena North/South Lot as well as the PPG Paints Arena Garage for $5 per car.

Reserved accessible parking is available in a number of lots near PPG Paints Arena. Designated spaces are available for vehicles displaying a current state-issued disability placard or license plate. These reserved accessible spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, accessible parking is available in the parking garage attached to PPG Paints Arena.

Free parking will be available at all campus parking lots, including the Locust Garage. While PPG Paints Arena is adjacent to the University and is within walking distance, shuttle service from campus to the Arena will be available. Shuttles will run continuously from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between the Locust Circle (in front of the Student Union) to the PPG Paints Arena (People’s Gate).

RSVP for May 2019
University Commencement Ceremonies
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Students must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • Pharmacy students should use the separate Pharmacy RSVP tab on this page.
  • For questions regarding Law School Commencement, please call Valerie J. Harper at 412.396.6295 or Heather Shaw at 412.396.2268.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application.

RSVP to the Commencement Events

Pharmacy RSVP - May 2019
Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Graduates must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • For questions regarding Pharmacy Commencement, please call 412.396.6393.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application. 

RSVP to the Pharmacy Commencement Events

Diploma Distribution-May 2019

Please note that this form is not a graduation application.  To apply to graduate, you must log in to DORI no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, and follow this path:  Self-Service Banner > Student Information > Student Records > Apply to Graduate

Submit Your Diploma Handling Instructions »

Travel/Parking

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Parking is available in the PPG Paints Arena North/South Lot as well as the PPG Paints Arena Garage for $5 per car.

Reserved accessible parking is available in a number of lots near PPG Paints Arena. Designated spaces are available for vehicles displaying a current state-issued disability placard or license plate. These reserved accessible spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, accessible parking is available in the parking garage attached to PPG Paints Arena.

Free parking will be available at all campus parking lots, including the Locust Garage. While PPG Paints Arena is adjacent to the University and is within walking distance, shuttle service from campus to the Arena will be available. Shuttles will run continuously from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between the Locust Circle (in front of the Student Union) to the PPG Paints Arena (People’s Gate).

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