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Commencement Ceremony


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Consol Energy Center


Commencement Speaker:

Tony Yazbeck


Doors Open:  8:30 a.m.
Students Report to Line-up By:  9:30 a.m.
Ceremony:  10 a.m.


Commencement Central | Commencement Preparation | Venue Information | Contact Information

Alumni Association | Hotel/City Information

Students: Register Online


Faculty/Staff: Register Online

Deadline for faculty and staff to order regalia is March 25, 2016.

Note: This ceremony is for undergraduate students only. If you are receiving a graduate degree, please register for the Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony.  

Commencement Central

You are cordially invited to celebrate Point Park University's 2016 Commencement Ceremony. This formal occasion marks the completion of a chapter in the graduates' lives. This achievement has been met due to the graduates' hard work, dedication and support of their families. This is a special time for the University to honor the graduates, their families and their professors.    

Graduates who have submitted an application for graduation with the Office of the University Registrar by the appropriate deadlines will be recognized in the commencement program. You must RSVP by April 15, 2016, to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Policy: Students who have completed or who are registered to complete all degree requirements by the end of fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students who are in good academic standing and who can finish their degree requirements by summer 2016, according to a plan that has been reviewed and approved by their respective dean, are also permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.  


Commencement Photographs

Arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take pictures of each graduate as he or she receives the diploma cover. To purchase or obtain more information, click icon to the left

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Commencement Preparation

Deadlines for graduation applications are as follows:

  • Fall: July 31, 2015
  • Spring: Sept. 30, 2015
  • Summer: Jan. 30, 2016

Student Correspondence

Graduation Application

Commencement Checklist

Graduation Fair:  

  March 8, 2016
  Noon - 6 p.m.
  Lawrence Hall, Ballroom   

  March 9, 2016
  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

Please join us for this excellent opportunity to get all of your graduation questions answered. Complimentary graduation announcements and undergraduate honor cords will be distributed, and caps, gowns and class rings will be available for sale. Representatives from the Office of Alumni Relations, Office of the University Registrar, Center for Student Success, Conference and Event Services and the Book Store will be present to guide you through the graduation process.   

Cap and Gown:
A cap and gown (and hood if applicable) are required during the ceremony. They will be available for purchase at the Graduation Fair. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Point Park University Bookstore.  

Announcements: Pick up your 10 complimentary announcements at the Graduation Fair. Dates and times are listed above. If you need additional announcements they can be purchased online at Balfour.

Day of Instructions

Commencement FAQs

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Venue Information 

Consol Energy Center

Consol Energy Center Pic 

Parking Information:

Parking is available in the Consol Energy Center North/South Lot as well as the Consol Energy Center Garage for $5 per car.

Reserved accessible parking is available in a number of lots near Consol Energy Center. 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 Consol Energy Center.

CONSOLEnergyCenterparkingmap   Click the picture to the left for a printable parking map.


Directions to Consol Energy Center 

From the NORTH
Via 79S or 28S:
Take 279S to 579S, follow signs to Consol Center (Veterans/Liberty Bridge), take Consol Center/6th Avenue exit, turn left at light to CONSOL Energy Center.

From the SOUTH
Take 79N to 376 Business toward Pittsburgh, through Ft. Pitt Tunnel, bear right (toward Monroeville) and take first exit on left (Grant Street) to 7th Avenue, turn right to CONSOL Energy Center.

From the EAST
Take 22W to 376W (Monroeville), through Squirrel Hill Tunnel, take Grant Street exit to 7th Avenue, turn right to CONSOL Energy Center.

From the WEST
Take Route 22E to 376 Business, through Ft. Pitt Tunnel, bear right (toward Monroeville) and take first exit on left (Grant Street) to 7th Avenue, turn right to CONSOL Energy Center.

Seating and Ticket Information: 

Seating is on Consol Energy Center Seating Charta first-come, first-served basis. Family and friends are NOT required to have a ticket. This free event is open to all families and friends. The main entrance is the Trib Total Media gate and the doors will open at 8:30 am.  Please note the Verizon gate will be closed.

Click the picture to the left for a printable seating chart.

Special Needs:
Accessible seating is available on all seating levels of Consol Energy Center.  The Consol Energy Center has a limited number of wheel chairs available and will be used to escort individuals in need. This service is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly recommended those who have limitations bring their own wheel chair.

The ceremony will be close captioned for those who are hearing impaired. When responding to attend the ceremony, please indicate other special accommodations you may require.

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Contact Information

Office of Academic and Student Affairs: Commencement      
      Jan Ryan
      Phone: 412-392-3484
      Email: jryan@pointpark.edu   

Office of the Registrar
      Francesca Sirianni
      Phone: 412-392-3861
      Email: fsirianni@pointpark.edu

Student Accounts
      Amy Hand  
      Phone: 412-392-3424
      Email: ahand@pointpark.edu 

Conference & Event Services  
      Phone: 412-392-4200
      Email: events@pointpark.edu

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Alumni Association

Image of Alumni Assoc President Carrie Potter Murray

Graduates from the Class of 2016:

On behalf of the Point Park University community and the Point Park Alumni Association, I would like to extend our best wishes as you head into a new chapter of your life.  Earning a university degree is a significant accomplishment and you should be very proud of this achievement. This year marks the 56th Commencement of Point Park in which the achievements of its graduates are acknowledged and celebrated. Since starting out as a Junior College in 1960, our Alma Mater has gone through numerous changes to become the dynamic urban University from which you are graduating. As the newest members of the Alumni Association I, and the other directors of the Point Park University Alumni Association (http://www.pointpark.edu/Alumni/AlumniBoard) welcome you and all of your classmates into our community of graduates.  

We invite you to stay connected with your Alma Mater following graduation.  Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pointparkalumni), follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PointParkAlumni), come out to an event, or download the Alumni App (www.pointpark.edu/AlumniApp).  I welcome and encourage you to attend alumni programs and events, here in Pittsburgh and across the country.

Again, on behalf of the Point Park University Alumni Association, congratulations on your graduation!

Carrie Potter-Murray ‘09

President, Point Park University Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Hotel/City Information

The University has negotiated rates for commencement weekend with the following hotels (subject to availability). Additional information will be added. Please mention Point Park University Commencement when you contact the hotel.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown

535 Smithfield St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 1-800-560-7782 or visit Embassy Reservations

Single Room Rate: $239

Cut-off Date: March 30, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (Market Square)

250 Forbes Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-281-5557

Single Room Rate: $139

Cut-off Date: April 5, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn University Place

3454 Forbes Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 412-683-2040

Single Room Rate: $225

Cut-off Date: March 15, 2016

Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh South Side

20 South 10th St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Reservations at 412-488-1130

Single Room Rate: $135

Cut-off Date: March 29, 2016

Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI or visit Omni Reservations

Single Room Rate: $159

Cut-off Date: March 29, 2016

Sheraton Station Square

300 West Station Square Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 or visit Sheraton Reservations

Single Room Rate: $199

Cut-off Date: March 29, 2016

Wyndham Grand

600 Commonwealth Pl.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-391-4600 or visit Wyndham Grand Reservations

King Room Rate: $229

Cut-off Date: April 1, 2016

Construction Central: We strongly recommend checking the PennDot website for any construction and traffic detours prior to leaving for the ceremony.  

City Information: To assist you with your travel to our city, please visit the Visit Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership websites. These sites will provide you with vital information about the city, such as upcoming events, featured attractions, hotel information, dining options, etc.   

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