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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 2018 - SHRS Recognition Day

SHRS will hold its 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 (August graduates also have the option of attending in December 2018).

  • Email invitations will be sent out in late February.
  • Students must RSVP by clicking on the link in the invitation, indicating if they will attend or NOT attend. 
  • Students will each receive 7 guest tickets. (Guests under the age of 2 do not require a ticket.) 
    • Tickets will be emailed to each student in April. 
    • The student must print the tickets and distribute them to his or her guests to enter the Hall.
  • Regalia is required. More information on picking up regalia will be included in the student invitations.

Graduate Ceremony:

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Students must be in the line-up area by 9:00 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.

  • The Keynote Speaker for the graduate ceremony is Dr. Josie Badger, DHCE, CRC. Click here for more information on Dr. Badger.

Undergraduate Ceremony:

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Students must be in the line-up area by 1:00 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.

  • Keynote Speaker for the undergraduate ceremony is Dr. James J. Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA.  Click here for more information on Dr. Irrgang.


Commencement Flower Company will be inside Soldiers and Sailors Hall selling flowers. Flowers may also be pre-ordered through this link:      


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 undergraduate students that graduated in August & December 2017 and April & June 2018.

  • The annual Graduate Commencement Convocation will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The annual Undergraduate Commencement Convocation will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m.

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