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

A special reception for Ph.D. graduates and families will take place in Scott Hall Bosch Room, following the CMU hooding ceremony. At the reception, Ph.D. graduates will have the opportunity to take photos with faculty and pick up diplomas.

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. We will make the RSVP form available later in the Spring 2020 semester.

Please note the following important details of the ECE Diploma Ceremony


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.

event Accessibility

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

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.


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 2019 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.