Commencement

Congratulations to our May 2020 graduating class!

Graduation is a very special time when family, friends, faculty and students celebrate our graduates' significant achievements.

A Baccalaureate Mass and two commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020.  Please see the Commencement Schedule below for details. Tickets are not required for any graduation events.

Students must RSVP for their chosen Commencement Ceremony as well as for the Baccalaureate Mass. The RSVP links for these events are located at the bottom of this page.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 8, 2020
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass

Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom

12:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Ceremony

(Master's and Doctoral Degree, and Graduate Certificate/Diploma Candidates)

Students from all schools will participate and will be recognized individually by name to cross the stage and be offered congratulations by President Gormley and their deans.

PPG Paints Arena
1001 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

3:00 p.m. Undergraduate Student Ceremony

(Baccalaureate Degree Candidates)

Students from all schools will participate and will be recognized individually by name to cross the stage and be offered congratulations by President Gormley and their deans.

PPG Paints Arena
1001 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

10:00 a.m to 7:00 pm

Commencement Celebration Reception 

Duquesne University will host a day-long Commencement celebration. This event honors the new graduates, their families, and their accomplishments in this campus-wide celebration.

 

Duquesne University

Mellon Hall Patio and Lawn

Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:30 a.m.  Pharmacy Commencement

David L Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Friday, May 29, 2020
11:00 a.m.    
 Law School Commencement        

Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom

RSVP for May 8 Commencement, Mass or May 23 Pharmacy Commencement

Using the RSVP tabs below, please let us know if you are planning to attend Mass on May 8, the undergraduate or graduate commencement ceremony on May 8, the Commencement Celebration Reception on May 8, or the Pharmacy commencement on May 23.  Please also indicate the number of guests who will be joining you for each event. If you wish to modify a RSVP you already submitted, please follow the "Edit Response" link in your original email confirmation.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas are not automatically mailed to graduates. You must complete 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.

The diploma release date is June 17, 2020.

Please note: All students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation. The forms below are not a degree application. To apply to graduate, you must log in to DORI no later than Friday, February 14, 2020, and follow this path: Self-Service Banner > Student Information > Enhanced Self-Service Banner (Version 9) > Student Profile > Apply to Graduate

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 can email the University Bookstore

Guest Seating

No tickets are required for any of the events. Therefore it is very important that you register for all events you plan to attend using the RSVP tab below. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to each of the ceremonies. Accessible seating is available on all seating levels of the PPG Paints Arena, and ushers will direct guests to these areas. PPG Paints Arena has a limited number of wheel chairs available that can be used to escort individuals in need. This service is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly recommended that those who have limitations bring their own wheel chair.

Prohibited Items-PPG Paints Arena

The following items are not permitted in the PPG Paints Arena: backpacks, laptop computers, Ipads, coolers, thermoses, cans, bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, duffle bags, tote bags, banners, video and movie cameras, ALL cameras with detachable lenses, still cameras with lens longer than 3”, tripods, selfie sticks and weapons.

Parking

Free parking will be available at all campus parking lots, including the Locust Garage. While PPG Paints Arena is adjacent to the University and is within walking distance, shuttle service from campus to the Arena will be available. Shuttles will run continuously from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between the Locust Circle (in front of the Student Union) to the PPG Paints Arena (People’s Gate).

Reserved accessible parking is available in a number of lots near PPG Paints Arena. Designated spaces are available for vehicles displaying a current state-issued disability placard or license plate. These reserved accessible spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, accessible parking is available in the parking garage attached to PPG Paints Arena.

RSVP for May 2020
University Commencement Ceremonies
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Students must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • Pharmacy students should use the separate Pharmacy RSVP tab on this page.
  • For questions regarding Law School Commencement, please call Valerie J. Harper at 412.396.6295 or Heather Shaw at 412.396.2268.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application.

RSVP to the Commencement Events

Pharmacy RSVP - May 2020
Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony
  • Tickets are not required to attend the events.
  • Graduates must RSVP and register number of guests where indicated.
  • For questions regarding Pharmacy Commencement, please call 412.396.6393.
  • Please note:  This is only an RSVP for commencement events.  This is NOT a degree application. 

RSVP to the Pharmacy Commencement Events

Diploma Distribution-May 2020

Please note that this form is not a graduation application.  To apply to graduate, you must log in to DORI no later than Friday, February 14, 2020, and follow this path:  Self-Service Banner > Student Information > Enhanced Self-Service Banner (Version 9) > Student Profile > Apply to Graduate

Submit Your Diploma Handling Instructions »

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 and Locust garages, 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.