Students smiling after commencement

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg proudly celebrated the accomplishments of our students at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on

Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Chambers Hall Gymnasium.  


Out of the 257 students eligible for graduation, 188 students processed in the event, along with representative faculty, staff, alumni, and other dignitaries. Alumnus and award-winning photojournalist Justin Merriman was the main speaker at this year’s Commencement. A 2000 graduate, Merriman began his career with the Tribune Review. He has gone on to be selected a four-time photographer of the year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh and his work regularly appears in national and international publications.

During the ceremony, Sharon P. Smith, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, recognized two people with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service:

  •  Helen K. Burns, PhD, RN, FAAN is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Excela Health. She was recognized for both her expertise in the area of nursing and the guidance that she provided to Pitt-Greensburg as it developed its program for a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, the first accredited BSN program in Westmoreland County.
  • A. David Tilstone is a business development officer and past president of the National Tooling & Machining Association. Tilstone was honored for his 20 years of service to Pitt-Greensburg as a member of its Advisory Board, including 11 years as its chair.

 The Commencement ceremony was live-streamed and is available for viewing for a limited time at this link.

View photos from the various Commencement-related events >>

Ceremony news release >>


The 2020 Commencement Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for

Saturday, April 25, 2020.


E-mail and Mailing Address Changes:  Students should visit the Information Technology website to review the various services alumni will be able to use.  If your email or mailing address has changed or will soon change, please be sure to contact Pitt Greensburg Academic Advising at 724-836-9940.

Questions related to the Commencement ceremony can be directed to Sherra Moors at 724-836-7743 or .