Carnegie Mellon University

Diploma ceremony

Carnegie Mellon Commencement Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
(Please note that the stadium opens at 9 a.m., guests should be seated by 10:15 a.m. for the processional of graduates.)

Where: Gesling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon University

Please visit the Commencement Weekend website for more details and up to date information.

ECE Diploma Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

We will provide a link to the live stream of the diploma ceremony prior to the event.

Graduates must RSVP to the ECE Diploma Ceremony, regardless of whether or not they are attending. We customize diplomas and graduate seating based on who is attending, so response is crucial for our planning. Please use the RSVP form as soon as you finalize your attendance plans.

Please note the following important details of the ECE Diploma Ceremony


The ECE diploma ceremony can last up to two hours. The start time can be delayed, depending on the end time of CMU's main ceremony.


University coordinated shuttle service will be available from CMU’s main campus to the Petersen Events Center. The shuttles will be making stops at other off-campus diploma ceremony venues. It is advisable to board a shuttle as quickly after the main ceremony as possible, so that you arrive at the Petersen by 2pm. The shuttles will be available to return you to campus, after the ECE Diploma Ceremony has ended (with enough time for you to enjoy the reception as well). Mobility impaired shuttles will be available - more information is available on the CMU Commencement webpage.


Please keep in mind that it will be a very long day and most events will be occurring mid-day. We recommend that you eat prior to CMU's main ceremony. Refreshments after the ECE Diploma ceremony will be light and buffet style, and will not replace a full meal.

Flight arrangements

Due to the length of the main ceremony and the ECE diploma ceremony, early evening flights on Sunday are not recommended- especially if you plan on attending both ceremonies.

Persons with disability challenges who may need additional accommodations are welcome to contact the Petersen Events Center.

Checklist for graduates

All graduates must RSVP to the ECE Diploma Caremony to let us know whether or not you are attending.

  • RSVP to the ceremony
  • Order your commencement regalia if you are attending the CMU ceremony or the ECE Diploma Ceremony
  • All on-campus graduates should attend the Grad Fair on March 21 & 22 in Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center, to order their cap and gown
  • An online link will be made available here for students no longer on campus to purchase regalia. The deadline to purchase regalia online is March 30 at 5 p.m. for Ph.D. students, April 20 at 5 p.m. for B.S. and M.S. students
  • B.S. and M.S. graduates (including students no longer on campus or students on the Silicon Valley campus) who did not attend the Grad Fair on March 21 & 22 in Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center should refer to the link above to order their cap and gown
  • Please visit the CMU commencement website for information about participating in CMU’s main ceremony
  • Attend an ECE Information Session for information about the ECE diploma ceremony and details about commencement weekend

Information session schedule

Required for anyone participating in the ECE Diploma Ceremony.

ECE will be hosting several information sessions concerning commencement (these will be multiple occurences of the same session - graduates only need to attend one). Any graduate who is currently on campus, and planning to attend the diploma ceremony is required to attend any one of the sessions listed below. At the information session, you will receive detailed information about commencement day ceremonies.

If you are not able to attend any of the sessions listed, please contact your academic advisor.

All information sessions in Pittsburgh will be held in HH 1107 and are listed in Eastern time.

  • Monday, April 30, 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Thursday, May 3, 10:00-11:00AM
  • Friday, May 4, 3:30-4:30PM
  • Wednesday, May 9, 1:00-2:00PM
  • Thursday, May 10, 4:00-5:00PM
  • Monday, May 14, 2:00-3:00PM
  • Tuesday, May 15, 10:00-11:00AM
  • Wednesday, May 16, 1:00-2:00PM

Information sessions for Silicon Valley campus are listed in Pacific time:

  • Monday, April 30, 12:30PM PT in B19 Rm 1065
  • Thursday, May 3, 2:00PM PT in B19 Rm 1040

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony for Ph.D. candidates will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018. If you will be receiving your Ph.D., please review the Doctor's Hooding Ceremony instructions on the CMU Commencement Weekend website. The ECE Department does not coordinate this event. Please refer to the guidelines listed on the Commencement website.

International guests

If you are an international guest who will be joining us over commencement weekend, please be sure to review the website of the U.S. Embassy nearest to you to get current information and visa requirements. More information can be found here.


GradImages will photograph each graduate as they are presented their diploma on stage. This photograph will be mailed to the student’s permanent address from GradImages, as a gift from the ECE department. Please note: August and December 2017 graduates do not need to bring their diploma to the May ceremony. They will be presented with a blank diploma case on stage for photographs.