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Commencement

May 2017 Graduation at Duquesne University

Commencement

Graduation is a very special time when family, friends, faculty and students gather to celebrate the significant achievements of our graduates. The University will honor graduating students with a University-wide Commencement Ceremony to be held:

Friday, May 12

Baccalaureate Mass 12 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony 2 p.m.
A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcasts: Baccalaureate Mass | Commencement

May 2017 Commencement Information

Click on the image (above) for additional May 2017 Commencement information.

Please refer to the bottom portion of this page for a full list of May 2017 Commencement events. 

Regalia

Graduates must wear appropriate caps and gowns at commencement, available through the University Bookstore. Please visit the Regalia page or call the University Bookstore at 412.434.6626 regarding any regalia questions. If you prefer, you may email the University Bookstore at bksduquesne@bncollege.com

First Annual Senior Send-off Reception

Seniors and their families are invited to attend on Thursday, May 11th from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  Click here for more details. 

Diplomas

Diplomas are not automatically mailed to graduates.  You must visit the diploma distribution tab below to provide a mailing address or to indicate that your preference is to pick your diploma up in the Office of the University Registrar. Diplomas are not released during the diploma ceremonies; the release dates are as follows: 

  •  June 12, 2017.   Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  •  June 19, 2017    Pharmacy School Students   

RSVP

Please RSVP to all events even if you are not attending and
be sure to complete the diploma distribution form:
Events

No tickets are required to attend the University Commencement or the Diploma Ceremonies, but students must RSVP online for all events by using the RSVP tab on this page.  Please note: Diplomas are not distributed during the Diploma Ceremonies.  Please refer to the Diploma Distribution tab for further information. 

University Commencement

Friday, May 12, 2017
Location
12 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcast
2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcast

Diploma Ceremonies

Friday, May 12, 2017
Location
4-5 p.m. Reception: McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
6 p.m. Diploma Ceremony: McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
A.J. Palumbo Center
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Location
9 a.m. School of Education
Reception following at the Mellon Patio
A.J. Palumbo Center
9 a.m. Mary Pappert School of Music
Reception following at the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
Union Ballroom
12 p.m. A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration / Donahue Graduate School of Business
Reception following at the Mellon Patio
A.J. Palumbo Center
12 p.m. Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Reception following at the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
Union Ballroom
3 p.m. School of Nursing
Reception following at the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
A.J. Palumbo Center
6 p.m. Rangos School of Health Sciences
Reception following at the A.J. Palumbo Center, Second Floor
A.J. Palumbo Center

School of Pharmacy

May 20, 2017
Location
8 a.m.

Mass
Continental Breakfast following at the Union Ballroom

Chapel
10:30 a.m.

Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony
Reception following at the Union Ballroom

A.J. Palumbo Center

School of Law

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Location
9 a.m. Mass Chapel
11 a.m.

Law Commencement
Reception following at the Power Center Ballroom

For further information regarding the School of Law Commencement, please visit their website

A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcast
RSVP for May 2017
University Commencement and Diploma Ceremonies
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Graduates must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • Pharmacy and Law diploma ceremonies will be held separately at later dates.
    • Pharmacy students should use the separate Pharmacy RSVP tab on this page.
    • For questions regarding Law School Commencement, please call 412.396.2268 or 412.396.6300.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application. 
Pharmacy RSVP - May 2017
Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Graduates must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application. 
Diploma Distribution

Commencement Speaker

Commencement Keynote Speaker

William E. Strickland, Jr.William E. Strickland

President & CEO

Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC), both founded in 1968, and National Center for Arts and Technology. His duties include: developing and implementing major fund-raising plans of action; working with Boards of Directors and Industrial Advisory Boards; encouraging participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations. Strickland has completed the development of a 40,000 sq. ft. production greenhouse, created for the development of Phalaenopsis orchids and hydroponics vegetables, and a 62,000 sq. ft. facility as a mortgage free asset for both MCG and BTC. The facilities include a 350-seat music/lecture hall, library, arts studios and labs, dining and meeting rooms, state-of-the-art award winning audio and video recording studios, serve as a demonstration site for Hewlett Packard and Steelcase equipment and are home to 25,000 Phalaenopsis orchids that are cultivated for wholesale distribution.

Strickland was born in Pittsburgh in 1947, and graduated from David B. Oliver High School in 1965. In 1969, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American history and foreign relations from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated cum laude.

Throughout his distinguished career, Strickland has been honored with numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the community including the University of Pittsburgh Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service (2016), Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Award (2015), Allegheny County Council’s Pittsburgh Circle of Courage Award in Education (2014), YMCA Hill of Hope Award (2014), University of Pittsburgh’s Johnson Institute Exemplary Leader Award (2014), George W. Crawford Black Bar Association’s Visionary Award (2013), Rodef Shalom’s Pursuer of Peace Award (2012), Chuck Cooper Foundation’s Chuck Cooper Award (2012), Lawndale Christian Development Corp., Dream Maker Award (2012); Chicago Ideas Week, 2011 Hero Award (2011,) Washington Jazz Society, Champion of the Year (2010,) University of Pittsburgh’s African American Alumni Council Distinguished Alumnus Award (2009), Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service (2009), International Association for Jazz Education’s Lawrence Berk Leadership Award (2008), American Heart Association Heart of the Community Award (2008), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the area of Arts and Education (2007), Urban League of Pittsburgh’s Ronald Harmon Brown Award (2006), LISC’s Outstanding Leadership Award (2006), International Economic Development Council’s 2005 Citizen Leadership Award (2005), B’nai Zion Humanitarian Award (2004), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Arts Leadership and Service Award (1999) and the Kilby Award (1998). He accepted on behalf of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild the “Coming Up Taller” Award presented in a White House ceremony by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (1998) and in 1996, he received the MacArthur “Genius” Award for leadership and ingenuity in the arts.

In January 2012, Bill Strickland was selected to serve on the Task Force for Child Protection by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and in November 2011, Strickland traveled to Tokyo, Japan to receive the GOI Peace Award which is awarded annually by the GOI Peace Foundation to honor an individual or organization in various fields that have contributed to the advancement of world peace and humanity.

Strickland was chosen by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010. He has also served as Chairman of the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, D.C. and served a six-year Presidential appointment as a Council Member to the NEA. In 2002, Strickland was sworn in as a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He also serves as a consultant, grant evaluator and mentor in the field of arts and arts education, community development and vocational training. He was also a Council Member on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, a trustee at the Carnegie, and a Consultant with the British/American Arts Association in London, England.

Strickland has excelled in cultivating collaborative partnerships in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Boston, New Haven, Buffalo, Brockway, Cleveland and Grand Rapids. He has developed successful relationships with foundations such as ALCOA Foundation, Helen Bader Foundation, The Danforth Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Forbes Fund, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Milwaukee Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Social Venture Partners, Pittsburgh Foundation, E. M. Kauffman Foundation, Heinz Foundation, R.K. Mellon Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust.

Bill Strickland, his wife Rose and daughter Olivia, reside on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Travel/Parking

Getting to Duquesne University

If you will be traveling to Pittsburgh, please take a look at

On-campus parking, including the Forbes Avenue garage, will be available to graduates and guests without charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who need special disability parking arrangements, should contact 412.396.5267.

Pittsburgh Attractions and Accommodations

For more information about Pittsburgh, where to stay, places to eat, shop and sightsee, please take a look at Visit Pittsburgh.