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Find the SHRS Recognition Day and University Commencement information below (click here for information on applying for graduation).

If you have any questions regarding graduation please contact Student Services Coordinator Ms. Chazz Williams at or Director of Student Services/Registrar Kellie Beach at

April 2019 - SHRS Recognition Day - As of May 23, 2018 - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

SHRS will hold its own graduation (Recognition) ceremonies (undergraduate & graduate) on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors, followed by a dessert reception after each ceremony in the Cathedral Commons. These ceremonies are for students that graduated in April 2019, June 2019 & August 2019 (August graduates also have the option of attending in December 2019).

More information will be posted as it becomes available.  Please check back during the year!


We will livestream the event on our SHRS Facebook page. Click here to access this page. Please share the link with your family and friends!


Graduate Ceremony: Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. 

Students must be in the line-up area by 9:15 a.m. 

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 10:45 a.m. 

A reception will follow at the Cathedral Commons until noon.

Undergraduate Ceremony:

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. 

Students must be in the line-up area by 1:15 p.m. 

The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end around 2:45 p.m

A reception will follow at the Cathedral Commons until 4 p.m.

Paid parking is available on the street or in the parking garage located under Soldiers & Sailors. Click here for more information.


Seats are on a first-come first-serve basis. Seats on the first floor are accessible for guests that cannot go up to the balcony seats. If you have any guests with physical disabilities, you may enter the hall via the ramp and the accessible entrance is located on the University Place side of the building (left side looking from Fifth Avenue). An Accessible Drop Off Area is also located on the University Place side of the building via the employee parking lot. Guests may be dropped off here but NO parking will be permitted in the employee parking lot. We will have staff there to assist.

Accessible bathrooms are located on the 3rd floor by taking the elevator.


April 2019 - University of Pittsburgh Commencement Convocation

The University will hold its own commencement convocation for the entire University of Pittsburgh campus at the Petersen Event Center. 

There will be a ceremony for graduate and professional students and one for undergraduate students that graduated in August & December 2018 and April & June 2019.

  • The annual Graduate Commencement Convocation will be held - TBD
  • The annual Undergraduate Commencement Convocation will be held - TBD

No tickets are required and guests are unlimited.

Please visit the University Commencement page for more information on hotels, lodging, photo spots and more.


International Students

Please click on this link for information on "Inviting Friends or Relatives to the U.S." Or contact OIS for more information at 412-624-7120 or