Carnegie Mellon University

ECE Diploma Ceremony

  • When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
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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.

event Accessibility

Persons who may need additional accommodations are welcome to contact the Petersen Events Center. Petersen Events Center does have an accessibility guide located on their website.

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, regardless of whether or not you plan on attending.
  • 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 20 & 21 in Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center, 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.
  • 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 20 & 21 in Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center should refer to the link above to order their cap and gown
  • 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:

  • Monday, May 6, 10:00-11:00AM
  • Wednesday, May 8, 1:00-2:00PM
  • Thursday, May 9, 2:00-3:00PM
  • Monday, May 13, 10:00-11:00AM
  • Tuesday, May 14, 1:00-2:00PM
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2:00-3:00PM

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

  • Monday, April 29, 12:00-1:00PM in B23 212
  • Thursday, May 2, 12:00-1:00PM in B23 211
  • Wednesday, May 8, 12:00-1:00PM in B23 212

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony for Ph.D. candidates will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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 2018 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.