graduates throw their caps in front of the College of Fine Arts

Carnegie Mellon Architecture graduates throw their caps in celebration on the lawn of the College of Fine Arts building. Credit: Long Q Hong

Commencement Weekend | May 10-12, 2024

We thank the graduates, family, friends, classmates, faculty and staff that celebrated with us during Commencement Weekend. Visit the CMU Commencement website and the links below for more information.

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2024 Carnegie Mellon Architecture Diploma Ceremony & Reception

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Graduates Assemble for Diploma Ceremony | 1:30pm ET | Second Floor, Purnell Center for the Arts (map)
All graduating students report to line up for the diploma ceremony. Graduates should arrive dressed in their caps, gowns, cords, etc. and shoes that they feel comfortable standing and walking in. Graduates must not bring any personal belongings that don't fit in their pocket, as we cannot securely store items during the ceremony.

Diploma Ceremony | 2:30-4:30pm ET | Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts (map)
The ceremony includes the presentation of diplomas to graduates, hooding of doctoral candidates, and remarks from our undergraduate, graduate and guest speakers. The ceremony also includes the announcement of the winners of the graduation awards.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Diploma Ceremony speakers:

  • Alumni Speaker: Arathi Gowda, B.Arch ‘02; Principal ZGF, leads ZGF's East Coast Sustainability Practice
  • Undergraduate Speaker: Kit Yifei Tang, B.Arch ‘24
  • Graduate Speaker: Tian Li, PhD-BPD ‘24

Please note: Diplomas are only distributed during the diploma ceremony. If you do not attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to you.

  • Seating: Seating is extremely limited; therefore, we ask that 4 guests per student sit in Chosky Theater. The ceremony will be livestreamed in the Rauh Theater (the room to the left of Chosky Theater) to accommodate seating for larger parties of guests to enjoy the ceremony. Seating is available for disabled guests and their companions on the first floor of the theater.
  • Photography: Professional photographs will be taken and made available to graduates and their families.
  • Video Livestream: The ceremony will be livestreamed online for those unable to attend in person. The recording will be made available after the ceremony.
  • Parking: Visitor parking is only available in the East Campus Garage (map) on Friday, May 10. Advance reservations are not necessary, and regular parking rates will apply. More information on the CMU site.
  • International Guests: Please refer to the information on the Office of International Education website for guidance on how to prepare the necessary documentation for guests from outside the United States.

Reception | 4:30-6:00pm ET | College of Fine Arts Great Hall (map)
Immediately following the Diploma Ceremony, we invite our graduates and guests to join us for a reception with light refreshments.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

2024 Thesis Show Closing Reception | 10:30am-12:00pm | Rockwell Park, 7514 Thomas Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Join us for one last chance to celebrate the work in the 2024 Carnegie Mellon Architecture Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by students studying architecture, urban design and computational design. RSVP here.

CMU Commencement Weekend Events

Bagpipers perform onstage during CMU’s Main Commencement Ceremony
Bagpipers perform onstage during CMU’s Main Commencement Ceremony. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon honors the hard work and dedication of graduates during the following university-organized events. More information available on CMU’s Commencement site.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The President’s Reception in Honor of CMU’s Doctoral Candidates | 4:00-6:00pm ET | Tepper Building Atrium
Graduating PhD candidates and their guests are invited to a reception celebrating their outstanding accomplishments.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Robing and procession for graduates | 9:00-10:00am ET | Various locations across campus

CMU Main Commencement Ceremony | 10:00-11:30am ET | Gesling Stadium (map)
Carnegie Mellon’s Main Commencement Ceremony brings together bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degree candidates for a full commencement ceremony in Gesling Stadium on CMU’s campus. Gesling Stadium opens to guests at 8:00am. The student procession begins at 9:15am. All guests in stadium must be seated. Access to guest seating will be restricted once the procession begins.

Please note that pre-paid reservations are required for parking on campus on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. Please check the CMU website for more information.

Life After Graduation

Career and Professional Development Center
The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) offers a variety of career services for students and alumni. In addition to the services described on the CPDC website, alumni can use all of the resources available to current students, including job postings in Handshake.

CMU Alumni Association
Congratulations graduating students and welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association! Learn how to connect with other alumni and engage with the university through events and other alumni programming by joining the CMU Alumni Community. Following graduation, you will begin receiving information about upcoming events, available resources, campus news and more to help introduce you to the Alumni Association. To ensure that you receive these messages, please update your contact information. As your city, job and contact information change over time, please keep your information current so that we can stay in touch!

Join AIA for Free
Join The American Institute of Architects when you graduate and receive free membership for up to 18 months (for spring graduates, this is the rest of your graduation year and the following year for free). You’re eligible for free membership if you’re graduating in the next two years and meet one of the following criteria:

  • You will graduate with a NAAB-accredited bachelor’s (B.Arch) or master’s (M.Arch) degree in 2023 or 2024.
  • You will graduate with a non-NAAB accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in architecture in 2023 or 2024 and currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture.
  • You currently work under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture and is currently enrolled or participating in circumstances recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit toward architecture licensure.

Info for Current Students Graduating in the Next Two Years

Info for recent graduates

  • Guests are welcome to attend this year’s commencement celebrations. We expect everyone who attends commencement to adhere to CMU’s current COVID Guidelines and Protocols. Per CDC recommendation, we expect attendees to follow these guidelines regardless of vaccination status.