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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 Kellie Beach, Director of Student Services, Registrar at

December 2017 - SHRS Winter Graduates Recognition Day

SHRS will hold a Recognition (Graduation) ceremony for our August 2017 * and December 2017 Graduates. 

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Alumni Hall  at 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin R. Reynolds, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA Chief Advanced Practice Officer Director, UPMC Office of Advanced Practice Providers Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical School Co-Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute Physician Assistant- Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery UPMC Presbyterian. Click here for Bio.

Event Details:

9:30 a.m. - Doors open (Students will line-up at 10:00 a.m. for procession.)
10:30 a.m. – Ceremony begins, 7th Floor Auditorium
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Dessert Reception, 1st Floor Ballroom

  • Regalia is required.
  • Email Invitations will be sent out in November.
  • We will ask students to keep their guest count to 6-8. 
  • No tickets are required.

* August 2017 graduates, were given the choice to attend Recognition day in May 2017.  If they did not attend, they will be emailed (to their Pitt account) an invitation in early November 2017 for the December ceremony.

April 2018 - SHRS Recognition Day

SHRS will hold their own graduation (Recognition) ceremonies (Undergraduate & Graduate) on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Soldiers & Sailors, followed by a dessert reception after each ceremony in the Cathedral Commons.  These ceremonies are for students that graduated in April 2018, June 2018 & August 2018 (Aug. graduates also have the option of attending in December 2018)

  • Email invitations will be sent out in late February or early March.
  • Guests will be limited and tickets are required. More information on allotted # of tickets per student will be decided in February 2018.
  • Regalia is required.

Graduate Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. (The exact times, could be subject to change slightly)

Keynote Speaker for the Graduate ceremony: Dr. Josie Badger, DHCE,CRC - Click here for more information on Dr. Badger.

Undergraduate ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. (The exact times, could be subject to change slightly)

Keynote Speaker for the Undergraduate ceremony - TBA

April 2018 - 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 Undergradute students that graduated in August & December 2017, April  & June 2018.

  • Annual Graduate Commencement Convocation will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 PM
  • Annual Undergraduate Commencement Convocation will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 1:00 PM

No tickets are required and guests are unlimited.

Please visit the University Commencement page for more information on Hotels, Lodging, Photo spots and more.