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Saturday, April 28th, 2018

PPG Paints Arena

Seating Begins:  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: RSVP to Attend Ceremony Online

Faculty/Staff: Register Online

Deadline for faculty and staff to order regalia is March 16, 2018.

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 2018 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 13, 2018, 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 2017 and spring 2018 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 2018, according to a plan that has been reviewed and approved by their respective dean, are also permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.  

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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:Deadlines for graduation applications are as follows:

  • Fall: July 31, 2017
  • Spring: Sept. 30, 2017
  • Summer: Jan. 30, 2018

Student Correspondence
Graduation Application
Commencement Checklist

Graduation Fair:

March 6, 2018
  Noon - 6 p.m.
  Lawrence Hall, Ballroom   

  March 7, 2018
  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 JPEGClick 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.  The main entrance is the HIGHMARK gate and guest seating begins at approximately 11:30am.  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
Ashley Motta
Phone: 412-392-3864
Email: amotta@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

Jamie Inferrera, President, Point Park University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Graduates from the Class of 2018: 

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 graduate degree is a significant accomplishment and you should be very proud of this achievement. This year marks the 58th 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 volunteer with the Pioneer Alumni Recruitment Team(www.pointpark.edu/PART). 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!

Jamie Inferrera, '10

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.

Distrikt Hotel

453 Boulevard of the Allies

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-339-1870

Group Name: Point Park 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Group Code: PP18

 

Pair of Queens Room Rate: $199.00

Cutoff date for reservations is 3/1/18

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown

535 Smithfield Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 1-800-EMBASSY (362-2779)

Standard Room Rate: $159.00

Cutoff date for reservations is 3/28/18

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (Market Square)

250 Forbes Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 412-281-5557

Pair of Queen and King Room Rate: $149.00

Cutoff date for reservations is 3/30/18

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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