Duquesne University Winter Commencement 2020


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 appreciate all that it has taken for you to arrive at this important juncture, and you are to be commended for that. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued need for social distancing, the Winter Commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, December 18, 2020. The Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 9:00 am followed by the Commencement Ceremony at 11:00am.

Use the links below to participate in the December commencement activities on December 18, 2020:

9:00 am     Baccalaureate Mass

11:00am     University Commencement Ceremony

This web page will be the source of information related to Winter Commencement and will be updated as details become available. Graduates should be certain to submit their diploma-handling instructions using the link at the bottom of this page.


Regalia is 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 can email the University Bookstore


All students must follow the Submit Your Diploma Handling Instructions link below to provide a mailing address for the diploma.  Diplomas are not automatically mailed to students. 

The diploma release date for December 2020 graduates is January 25, 2021.

The diploma release date for August 2020 graduates is September 8, 2020

The diploma release date for May 2020 graduates is August 12, 2020.

Diploma Distribution

Important Notice: Due to COVID restrictions, in-person pick-up of diplomas is temporarily suspended. Diplomas are not automatically mailed to students. Please use the link below to provide a mailing address for your diploma.

Please note that this form is not a graduation application.  

Submit Your Diploma Handling Instructions »