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Commencement

Student with graduation cap facing Millstein Library

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Commencement: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Important event information and instructions - please read carefully

Attendance

Commencement Checklist

All students interested in participating in Commencement activities should have submitted their RSVP by Monday, April 12, 2021. If  you RSVP'd but then find you are not able to attend your ceremony, please notify Sherra Moors (sherramoors@pitt.edu; 724-836-7743) as soon as possible so that any necessary adjustments can be made.

Commencement Ceremonies

Bachelor of Arts Candidates

  • 10:00am Ceremony - Doors to Chambers Hall will open at 9:30am

Bachelor of Science Candidates

  • 1:00pm Ceremony - Chambers Hall doors will open at 12:30pm
  • 4:00pm Ceremony - Chambers Hall doors will open at 3:30pm

Students and their two (2) guests MUST check-in at the Chambers Hall main patio entrance at least 10 minutes before their ceremony start time. No tickets will be issued so family members/guests must arrive with their graduate. Each family “pod” will be escorted to their specific seating group in the gymnasium, with the graduate to sit in the center chair and one guest to sit on each side of the graduate. Face coverings will be required at all times.

Each ceremony will start promptly on the scheduled hour with a small processional of the platform party members. Faculty representing the majors being recognized will also be present, as will select staff members and alumni. The ceremony will begin with the playing of the National Anthem and all guests are to rise (if able). Next will be opening remarks from members of the platform party, followed by the presentation of the graduates.

When instructed to do so, the first six graduates will rise and proceed to the left side of the stage, behind the faculty/staff seating. When the graduate’s name is announced, he/she/they will walk up the steps (or ramp, if necessary), collect their diploma cover, be presented with any honor cords, and have a professional photo taken with Dr. Gregerson. The graduate will then exit the stage via the right-hand stairs (or ramp), walk behind the faculty/staff seating, and return to their seat. Rows of graduates will be instructed to rise and proceed to the stage as the ceremony continues.

Legacy Presenters in attendance will move to the stage with their graduate and proceed up the stairs in front of him/her/them, collecting the diploma cover and then presenting it to their graduate before photos are taken. The Legacy and graduate will then exit the stage and return to their seating area.

After all degrees have been conferred, a member of the Platform Party will ask the entire class to stand for the Charge from the President. When Dr. Gregerson delivers the Charge to the Senior Class, you will move your tassel from the right side of your cap to the left side. Dr. Gregerson will officially declare the ceremony to be over and each family pod will be dismissed in turn, with everyone exiting out the side doors of the gym.

Photography During/After the Ceremony

During the ceremony a professional photographer will take photos as each graduate receives his/her diploma.

Family members/guests are NOT to leave their seating area to take pictures but may stand up at their seat.

Graduates and their guests may take photos on the campus grounds after the ceremony, while following all safety protocols (wearing a mask/facial covering, staying socially distant).

Legacy Presenters

You MUST RSVP in order to have a legacy present your diploma and Legacy Presenters are to be counted as one of the two allotted guests. Legacy presenters will receive an email by April 16 from the Alumni Engagement Officer with detailed instructions.

Regalia

All graduates planning to participate in a ceremony are required to wear the cap/tassel and gowns. If you have not yet purchased your regalia, all sales are online. Contact the Campus Store (724-836-9928) if you have any questions.

  • The tassel should be worn on the RIGHT side of the cap and remain on that side throughout the entire ceremony.
  • Students are approved to decorate their caps in an appropriate manner

Other Regalia

Stoles, cords, medallions, and/or pins for approved/eligible Student Athletes and members of recognized honor societies or student organizations are coordinated by advisors or officers of the group. Please contact your advisor for information.

Honor Cords

Honors cords for Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude (bronze, silver, gold) will be awarded to graduates during the commencement ceremony.

Pitt Merchandise

The Campus Store will be open on Saturday, May 1 with hours to be determined.

All planning decisions will continue to be based on the current state of the pandemic with the health and safety of the Pitt Greensburg students, staff, faculty, and alumni, in addition to the general community, in the forefront. Should conditions change and an in-person ceremony not be appropriate, a virtual ceremony similar to that of 2020 will be held, with the expectation of an in-person ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Class of 2020 will be recognized with their own in person ceremony at a later date yet to be determined.


As details develop, we hope the Class of 2021 will be a part of the video celebrating each and every one of you! Please click here to participate/submit a photo and even a message for friends and family. The sooner you submit the better, but the deadline for submission is April 15. The video will be released for viewing on Saturday, May 1. It will also be shared via Pitt-Greensburg's official social media accounts on that date.  The video is not meant to substitute a ceremony but to add to the ways in which we are recognizing your achievements. This is something we hope will become part of every commencement moving forward! 

Class of 2020, we will also be communicating with you about possible ceremony options, as recognizing your accomplishments is a priority as well.


Email 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. Be sure to update your records with a non-Pitt email address! 


Questions related to the Commencement ceremony can be directed to Sherra Moors at 724-836-7743 or sherramoors@pitt.edu; as much work is still remote, email is the preferred way of communication.