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Commencement

May 2015 Graduation at Duquesne University

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 8
5 p.m.
A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcasts: Baccalaureate Mass | Commencement 

May 2015 Commencement Information

Click on the image (above) for additional May 2015 Commencement information.

Please refer to the bottom portion of this page for a full list of May 2015 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

We ask that all students planning to attend, please RSVP below:

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 8, 2015.   Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  •  June 22, 2015  Pharmacy School Students   
Graduation Speaker

Graduation Speaker


His Excellency, Michael Collins

His Excellency Michael Collins

Ambassador of Ireland to Germany

Michael Collins became Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany in August 2013.

A native of Dublin, Ambassador Collins was born in 1953 and was educated at Blackrock College and Trinity College, Dublin. He entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Third Secretary in 1974.

Prior to arriving in Berlin, Ambassador Collins served for six years as Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States thus becoming the longest serving Ambassador of Ireland to occupy this position in the modern era. As Ambassador to the US, Ambassador Collins strongly focused on supporting the Irish community as well as Irish business and economic development. He also spoke extensively on contemporary Ireland, Europe and the Northern Ireland peace process. Ambassador Collins was named “Diplomat of the Year” by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in May 2008 and was the recipient in 2013 of the American Ireland Fund’s Public Service Award for his contribution to relations between Ireland and the United States. His work as Ambassador was also commended by President Obama in the White House in March 2013.

Prior to his Washington appointment, Ambassador Collins worked for six years, on secondment from the Department of Foreign Affairs, as Second Secretary-General at the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland). In that capacity he worked closely with the then Taoiseach, Prime Minister Blair and the Northern Ireland political parties on the Northern Ireland peace process. Between 2001 and 2007 he was a participant at all the major peace process events that culminated with the 2006 St Andrews Agreement and the re-formation of the Northern Ireland Executive on 8 May 2007.

During his time at the Department of the Taoiseach, Ambassador Collins was also responsible for European Union issues, including Ireland’s EU presidency in 2004 as well as all UN and international affairs. He was also a member of the Board of the Royal Irish Academy (International Affairs). He travelled extensively with the Taoiseach on all his official overseas engagements and most notably on major trade promotion visits to China (2005), India (2006) and the Gulf (2007).

Ambassador Collins served as Ireland’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1995-99 during which time he was also Ireland’s Ambassador to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Emirates.

Ambassador Collins also served from 1999-2001 as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Ambassador Collins served as Counsellor, Embassy Washington (1993-95), First Secretary, Consulate General New York (1982-86) and Third Secretary, Embassy Rome (1975-77).

Ambassador Collins was the Head of Press and spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1993. While serving in Dublin in the late 1980s, he also worked on international arms control and disarmament issues and represented Ireland at numerous international meetings, including at the United Nations in New York and the International Conference on Disarmament and Development in 1989.

Ambassador Collins is married to Marie and they have three adult sons.

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 distrubuted during the Diploma Ceremonies.  Please refer to the Diploma Distribution tab for further information. 

University Commencement

Friday, May 8, 2015
Location
3 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcast
5 p.m. Commencement Ceremony A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Webcast
Reception immediately following Academic Walk
Rainsite: Union Ballroom

Diploma Ceremonies

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location
9 a.m. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Reception following at the Mellon Patio
A.J. Palumbo Center
9 a.m. Mary Pappert School of Music
Reception following at the Power Center Ballroom
Union Ballroom
12 p.m. Palumbo School of Business Administration / Donahue Graduate School of Business
Reception following at the Mellon Patio
A.J. Palumbo Center
12 p.m. School of Education
Reception following at the Power Center Ballroom
Union Ballroom
3 p.m. School of Nursing
Reception following at the Power Center Ballroom
A.J. Palumbo Center
3 p.m. Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Reception following at the Mellon Patio
Union Ballroom
6 p.m. Rangos School of Health Sciences
Reception following at the Palumbo Center
A.J. Palumbo Center

School of Pharmacy

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location
8 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass
Continental Breakfast following at the Duquesne Ballroom

Chapel
10:30 a.m.

Pharmacy Commencement
Reception following at the Duquesne Ballroom

A.J. Palumbo Center

School of Law

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location
9 a.m. Baccalaureate 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 2015
University Commencement and Diploma Ceremonies
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Graduates must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • Pharmacy, Law, and Leadership diploma ceremonies will be held separately at later dates.
    • Pharmacy students should RSVP for May 23 online.
    • For questions regarding Law School Commencement, please call 412.396.2268 or 412.396.6300.
    • For questions regarding the School of Leadership Commencement, please call 412.396.5990.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application. 

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Pharmacy RSVP
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. 

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Diploma Distribution
Travel/Parking

Getting to Duquesne University

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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

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