December 2023 Commencement 

Commencement is the single most important event at Duquesne University, not only for our students, but for the campus at large. It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and to revel in the camaraderie of your fellow classmates. It is also a very special time for family and friends, as they look forward to this opportunity to show their pride and celebrate you.

We look forward to recognizing our graduates at our Winter Commencement Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, December 15, 2023. The Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 9:00 am followed by the Commencement Ceremony at 11:00am. 

Friday, December 15, 2023

9:00 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass
University Chapel

11:00 am

University Commencement Ceremony
UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse

Tickets are not required to attend.

This web page will be the source of information related to Winter Commencement and will be updated as details become available. 

Students will be asked to RSVP to these events, and this information will be emailed to students in the near future.


Graduates must wear appropriate caps and gowns at commencement, which are available through Barnes and Noble Bookstore. You can also email the bookstore at or call (412) 434-6626 with any questions about regalia. 

Guest Seating

No tickets are required for Commencement. It is very important that you register for the ceremony using the RSVP link when available.

Gates to the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will open 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. Accessible seating is available on the 2nd floor. Ushers will direct guests to these seats. It is strongly recommended those who have physical limitations bring their own wheelchair.


If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Conference and Event Services at universityeventsFREEDUQUESNE or (412) 396-6033.

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