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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

SHRS Recognition Day

These ceremonies are for the following graduates: April 2017, June 2017 and  **August 2017 (**see optional ceremony in December for August graduates)

  • Exception for 2017: August 2016 and December 2016 graduates that were not able to attend in December 2016, will also be invited if they requested to be.

(Tickets Required) - Tickets will be emailed to students in April.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Students will be recognized individually at each ceremony.

Undergraduate Ceremony: 

Doors open at 8:00 am. 
Ceremony will begin at 9:30 am and last until approximately 10:45 am. 
A reception will immediately follow at the Cathedral Commons and end at 12:00 pm.

Rory Cooper, PHD
Associate Dean for Inclusion, SHRS
FISA-Paralyzed Veterans of America
Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology

Bio for Rory Cooper

Graduate Ceremony: 

Doors open at 1:00 pm. 
Ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm and last until approximately 3:45 pm. 
A reception will immediately follow at the Cathedral Commons and end at 5:00 pm.

A. Everette James, JD, MBA
Director, Pitt Health Policy Institute
Associate Vice Chancellor Health Policy and Planning

Bio for A. Everette James

Invitations & Tickets:

Invitations were emailed to students on February 10th.  Students are required to click on the link in the invitation to RSVP, by March 24th.  Tickets will be emailed to students in April.

Recognition Day Information for Undergraduates

  • Undergraduate students will receive 7 tickets for guests

Recognition Day information for Graduates

  • Graduate Students will receive 6 tickets for guests ** - Gradutes students will now receive 7 tickets for guests (updated 3/27/17)

Regalia:(Cap & Gown)

All participating students are required to wear regalia. 

Regalia can be picked up at Graduation Central on April 11 & April 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall. 

  • Note: The regalia order form and website are currently being updated. We will notify you by email when they are available.

Please visit Graduation Central for more information

International Students:

Information on inviting friends or relatives to graduation or short term visits

University of Pittsburgh Commencement Ceremonies

Information updated by the Office of Special Events on 2/24/17

Graduate and Professional Ceremony:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Changed to the Petersen Events Center

Undergraduate Ceremony:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Petersen Events Center

Student Services will be sending out emails with new information, please check and read your emails!

**UPDATE 12/20/16: New SHRS Winter Graduates Recognition Ceremony

I have exciting news to share regarding a New Winter Graduates Recognition Ceremony for our August and December Graduates.  Which will be held every year at the end of the fall term in December. (The tenative date is Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Alumni Hall at 10:30 am, this could be subject to change.  Confirmation of date, time and place will be in July-August)

August Graduates will be given a choice to participate before you graduate in the April/MayRecognition Day ceremony or after you graduate in the NEW Winter Recognition Ceremony.

  • Students will be emailed a link in January to the "Participation In Recognition Day Questionnaire" This is where you will choose which ceremony you would like to attend.
  • If you choose May 2017, you will be handed a formal invitation, by your department administrator sometime in February 2017.  This Invitation will have instructions on how to RSVP and receive tickets.

  • If you choose to attend in December 2017, you will be emailed (to your Pitt account) an invitation in early November 2018. 

December Graduates will all be invited to the Winter Ceremony, through a formal invitation that will sent to your Pitt email account in October.

Please note: The University holds its own Commencement at the Petersen Event Center in April and as an August graduate, you are invited the year following your graduation. Therefore, August and December 2017 graduates will be invited in April/May 2018.  Also, the University commencement is for the entire university and you are recognized as a school, as with the SHRS ceremony, you are individually recognized and you will walk across the stage and have your name read and shake the SHRS Dean’s hand.