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Commencement Ceremony

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017

PPG Paints Arena


Commencement Speaker:

Martha Rial

Pulitzer Prize Winner for Photojournalism

Doors Open:  11:00 a.m.
Guest Seating Begins:  Approximately 11:30 a.m.
Students Report to Line-up By:  12:00 p.m.
Ceremony:  12:30 p.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 24, 2017.

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 2017 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 14, 2017, 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 2016 and spring 2017 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 2017, 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, 2016
  • Spring: Sept. 30, 2016
  • Summer: Jan. 30, 2017

Student Correspondence

Graduation Application

Commencement Checklist

Graduation Fair:  

  March 7, 2017
  Noon - 6 p.m.
  Lawrence Hall, Ballroom   

  March 8, 2017
  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 

PPG Paints Arena

PPG Paints Arena Logo 

Parking Information:

Parking is available in the PPG Paints Arena North/South Lot as well as the PPG Paints Arena Garage for $6.50 per car.

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.

Parking Map JPEG   Click the picture to the left for a printable parking map.


Directions to PPG Paints Arena

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

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 PPG Paints Arena.

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

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 PPG Paints Arena.

Seating and Ticket Information: 

Seating Chart JPEG Seating is on a 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 11:00 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 PPG Paints Arena.  PPG Paints Arena 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 the Provost: Commencement      
      Jan Ryan
      Phone: 412-392-3484
      Email: jryan@pointpark.edu   

Office of the Registrar
      Francesca Sirianni
      Phone: 412-392-3866
      Email: fsirianni@pointpark.edu

Student Accounts
      Meredith Meddings
      Phone: 412-392-3424
      Email: mmeddings@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 2017:

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 57th 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.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (Market Square)

250 Forbes Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-281-5557

King Room Rate: $149

Cut-off Date: March 17, 2017

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Smallman

1410 Smallman St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-232-0200 or visit Homewood Reservations

King Suite Rate: $179

Cut-off Date: March 31, 2017

Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Pl.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 412-553-5220 or visit Omni William Penn Reservations

Standard Room Rate: $165

Cut-off Date: March 28, 2017

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

112 Washington Pl.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 412-471-4000

Standard Room Rate: $179

Cut-off Date: April 7, 2017

Sheraton Station Square

300 West Station Square Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 1-800-325-3535

Standard Room Rate: $209

Cut-off Date: March 31, 2017

Wyndham Grand

600 Commonwealth Pl.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-391-4600

Standard Room Rate: $145

Cut-off Date: April 7, 2017

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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