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Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony

(Updated 4/6/2021)

The University of Pittsburgh plans to host a combination of in-person and virtual school ceremonies for the Class of 2021. In order to properly maintain physical distance between graduates, guests, faculty and staff, several school ceremonies will be hosted over multiple days. All ceremonies will be streamed online to encourage families and friends to watch and celebrate virtually. See full announcement here.

SHRS will hold a combined in-person undergraduate and graduate ceremony on:

Sunday, May 2, 2021
10 a.m. to noon
Petersen Events Center

An email Invitation that includes an RSVP link was emailed to students on March 19. An RSVP is required. The extended deadline to respond is Tuesday, April 6th by 5:00.

SHRS Commencement Information - For more information on tickets, regalia (cap, gown & hood), hooding protocol for doctoral degrees, venue, directions, parking and accessibility and more.

With the proper health and safety protocols in place, including face coverings, physical distancing and good hand hygiene, the COVID-19 Medical Response Office is confident that in-person ceremonies present minimal risk.

The decision to have in-person ceremonies is contingent on the state of the virus. These plans are subject to change. Students and families are encouraged to remain highly flexible in their planning. Please consider the possibility of cancellations or changes when planning travel. 

All graduating students and families should await further details from SHRS in the coming weeks. Again, please remain flexible in your travel planning.

Live Stream link : Coming Soon !

  • To access captioning of the Commencement Ceremony, please log on to -Event ID # is 7488.  Use a Smartphone or Tablet


No matter what type of celebration you’re planning to attend—in-person or virtual—students should contact the campus bookstore if interested in ordering regalia. will have more details as they become available or as changes are necessary.

Preorder Gifts for Graduates 

To further contribute to a safe and efficient environment for your graduates, guests, and faculty, we are strongly encouraging customers to take advantage of our online pre-order service. We will have a contact-free customer experience for the guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product. This will also increase overall physical distancing measures.

The pre-order link for commencement is:


Lavender Graduation at the University of Pittsburgh is a cultural event for the University to recognize and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of LGBTQIA+ students, residents, and trainees. We are excited to honor graduates of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at this year’s virtual ceremony on April 16, 2021, 6-8pm. If you are interested in celebrating with us or learning more about the event, visit our event webpage: For event questions, contact us at Congrats to our graduates, and Hail to Pitt!

Hosted/Sponsored by:

Pitt Queer Professionals

Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program


Have questions?

If you have any questions regarding graduation or Recognition Day, please contact Director of Student Services/Registrar Kellie Beach

View our Fall 2020 Virtual Recognition Day Ceremony and list of graduates.