Carnegie Mellon University

ECE Diploma Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 16, 2020 (this is a significant change from past years - please note that it will be held on a Saturday this year)
  • ECE Master's Ceremony: 3:00 p.m., Cohon University Center Rangos Ballroom*
  • ECE Bachelor's Ceremony: 4:00 p.m., Cohon University Center Wiegand Gym*
  • ECE Ph.D. graduates and families may attend the CMU Doctor's Hooding Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in Carnegie Music Hall (off-campus). A special reception will follow in Scott Hall Bosch Room 5201, following the CMU hooding ceremony. At the reception, Ph.D. graduates will have the opportunity to take photos with faculty and pick up diplomas. Ph.D. graduates may RSVP to the reception here.
*for guest tickets, see Guest Ticket Information below

M.S. and B.S. graduates must RSVP to the ECE Diploma Ceremony by March 30th, 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 RSVP here.

Please note the following important details of the ECE Diploma Ceremonies


Live streaming of the ECE Master's and Bachelor's Diploma Ceremonies will be available at 3:00 p.m. in the following locations:

ANSYS Hall A-Level

Roberts Engineering Hall, Singleton Room, 4th Floor

Scott Hall Atrium, 4th Floor

Scott Hall, Bosch Room, 5th Floor, Room 5201 (Open 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)


M.S. and B.S. graduates will be given a set number of guest tickets to their diploma ceremony. Undergraduate graduates are guaranteed 4 guest tickets, and MS students are guaranteed 2 guest tickets. Additional tickets may be dispersed based on availability. Please see further details under Guest Ticket Information below.


All ECE graduates and families are invited to a reception following the ceremony. ECE will have an Open House reception for graduates and families in Hamerschlag Hall, Scott Hall Atrium, and ANSYS Hall A-Level. We encourage guests to take a tour and photos around ECE with the graduates.


Diplomas will be granted to students on Saturday. For anyone not in attendance, diplomas will be mailed by the university. Please note: August and December 2019 graduates do not need to bring their diploma to the May ceremony. They will be presented with a blank diploma case.

event Accessibility

Both locations of the diploma ceremonies are wheelchair accessible. For other accommodation needs, please contact Kimmy Nguyen.

Guest Ticket Information

All M.S. and B.S. graduating students must RSVP "attending" or "not attending" the Diploma Ceremony by the March 30th deadline. Students who RSVP that they are attending will receive guest tickets via email on April 1st. Students MUST create an account and enter attendee information for each guest in order to claim these guest tickets.* Any unclaimed tickets will be reallocated.

  • Undergraduate students are guaranteed up to 4 guest tickets
  • MS students are guaranteed up to 2 guest tickets
  • All students will have the option to enter their requested number of guests for consideration

*Note: Any printed tickets that do not list attendee information will be considered unclaimed and may be reallocated. Please be certain that you enter your guest information.

Guest Ticket FAQs

Checklist for graduates

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

  • We will send correspondece about and post an RSVP link later in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • 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, typically held on campus in March, to order their cap and gown
  • Students no longer on campus or students that missed the grad fair can visit the CMU commencement webpage to order their regalia online.
  • Please visit the CMU commencement webpage 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

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:

  • Dates and times TBD

Information sessions for the SV campus are listed in PST time:

  • Dates and times TBD

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony for Ph.D. candidates will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020. 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 CMU commencement webpage.

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.