CGS Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception

April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

General Information

DATE: Friday, April 26, 2019

TIME: Doors open 5:00 p.m.; ceremony begins sharply at 6:00 p.m., followed by optional light reception

LOCATION: Fitzgerald Field House

WEBCAST: Livestream page will update when webcast begins 

PARKING: Please see bottom of event listing for parking and public transportation information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I RSVP?

All students receiving a BA or BS from CGS who have applied for April or August 2019 graduation were sent an email with a link to the RSVP survey on Thursday, February 14, 2019. If you have not received this email and believe it is in error, please contact CGS’ Administrative Coordinator Lydia Heyliger at

What time should I arrive and where should I report?

Graduates should arrive between 5-5:45 p.m. to ensure an on-time ceremony start time of 6:00 p.m.

Are cap and gown required for the CGS Graduation Recognition Ceremony?

No, regalia is not required for the CGS Graduation Recognition Ceremony, though it is required for the Spring 2019 University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. 

Are guest tickets required/how many guests may I bring?

Due to the venue's large seating capacity, tickets are not required for guests and graduates may invite as many guests as they would like.

If I attend the CGS ceremony, can I also attend the Undergraduate Commencement in April 2019?

Yes, all University students graduating in August 2018, December 2018, and April 2019 will be invited to the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Special Events. Please view their site for more information ( Note: August 2019 graduates will have to contact the Office of Special Events at if they are interested in participating in the April 2019 event with following: Full Name (First, Middle, Last), Pitt Email, Degree, and School.  

Will I get my diploma at the CGS Graduation Reception and Recognition Ceremony?

No. Diplomas will be mailed once grades have been finalized. For more information, contact the registrar’s office ( Graduates will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage.

My guests are traveling. How can they get here and where should they stay?

The Commencement website offers information on arrival, hotels, transportation, and more (

Location and Address

Fitzgerald Field House, Allequippa and Dararagh Streets, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Directions and Parking Information

Parking is available in the OC Lot, across the street from the Fitzgerald Field House. Metered street parking is also available throughout Oakland. Family members/guests may ride the Pitt shuttle to upper campus if accompanied by a Pitt Student. The 81 and 83 Port Authority buses run from Forbes Ave. up to within blocks of the FIeld House (please check schedules and routes).