Graduation & Diplomas

General Information
Parking
Attire
Ceremony
Flowers/T-Shirts

Diploma
Lodging
Additional Questions 

General Information

APRIL 29, 2017

11:00 AM

It is necessary for graduating students to RSVP for themselves and their guests only once If you RSVP that you are attending, your name will be added to the line-up and a seat will be reserved for you. A list of all graduates attending will be given to your program directors to announce your names at the ceremony. If you can no longer attend after you have RSVP’d you must inform Marcia Piel at mpssw@pitt.edu

Tickets are not required for graduates or guests. There is no limit to the number of guests per graduate. It is necessary for students to register for themselves and their guests. You must RSVP by April 14, 2017.

RSVP HERE

The graduation ceremony will be approximately 1-1/2 hrs. long, with the ceremony and reception, a combined three hours in length.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is a handicapped accessible venue. Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the main security desk (please contact us to reserve one).  Seating and assistance is available for guests with a physical disability, wheelchair, crutches or walker. For more information please contact Marcia Piel at 412-624-6303, mpssw@pitt.edu on or before April 14, 2017.

Parking

Parking is available at the Soldiers & Sailors garage at no cost. 

Special parking is available for guests with a physical disability, wheelchair, crutches or walker.  For more information please contact Marcia Piel at 412-624-6303, mpssw@pitt.edu on or before April 14, 2017.

Attire

Business attire or caps and gowns are suggested. 

Ceremony

Graduates should arrive at Soldiers and Sailors no later than 10:15 a.m.  At 10:15 a.m., graduates will check in at the registration table to the right of the lobby, pick up a name card and a program and go to the rear hallway to line up for the processional. Please retain your name card so it may be given to the speaker to announce your name when being recognized.   A staff member will give you directions on the procession and where you will be seated in the auditorium.  When the music begins, proceed into the auditorium and remain standing until all students are in the auditorium.  When the music ends, please be seated and the program will begin.

During the ceremony, graduates will be recognized in the following order: BASW, MSW, then PhD.  Students will be directed to stand at the appropriate time.  When it is time for your class to be recognized, you will be directed to go to the podium (Amy DeGurian will be there) please hand your name card to the staff member, go up the steps and across the stage to be greeted by Dean Larry Davis, Vice Provost Alberta Sbragia, Administrative faculty and staff.  You will then return to your seat.

Staff will be there at all times for directions.

Flowers/T-Shirts

Commencement Flower Company will be inside Soldiers and Sailors Hall selling flowers and t-shirts. These items may also be pre-ordered here.

Diploma

Your diploma, along with a complimentary official copy of your transcript, will be mailed to the address on the graduation application approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the term of graduation.

Lodging

Hotels located in downtown Pittsburgh, include:

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel

Hotels within the University community are:

Hampton Inn University Center

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

Residence Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center

Additional Questions

For any questions about the School of Social Work Day of Recognition please contact:

Marcia Piel
E-mail:  mpssw@pitt.edu
Phone:   412-624-6303

For information on the University’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1:00pm at the Petersen Events Center, please contact the University’s Office of Special Events at 412-624-7100 or visit www.commencement.pitt.edu.

For information on the University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00pm at Soldiers & Sailors Hall, please contact the University’s Office of Special Events at 412-624-7100 or visit www.commencement.pitt.edu.