University of Pittsburgh
April 19, 2018

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: University of Pittsburgh Commencement Ceremonies


Micaela Fox Corn


Cell: 617-997-2289

WHAT: The University of Pittsburgh Class of 2018 is graduating. More than 5,000 degrees, including over 3,000 bachelor’s degrees, will be conferred in two separate ceremonies.

WHEN: Graduate ceremony begins Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.; undergraduate ceremony begins Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m.

WHERE: The John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261.


Members of the undergraduate class of 2018:

  • Hail from 20 countries worldwide.
  • Have won more than 40 prestigious national scholarships.
  • Logged approximately 35,000 collective volunteer hours (1,458 days, or nearly four years) in service to the community.
  • Boast many other accomplishments, some listed here.

The speakers, both Pitt alumni:

  • Washington, D.C., appellate attorney David C. Frederick, who will give the graduate commencement address on Thursday.
  • City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, who will give the undergraduate commencement address on Sunday.


Enter through the loading dock off Sutherland Drive and check in with the security guard and University of Pittsburgh personnel.

Selected University parking lots will be free of charge and open after 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, for the graduate ceremony and free and open all day Sunday for the undergraduate ceremony. See maps for reference.

A mult box to connect to the audio system will be next to the media table. There will not be a camera platform. Wi-Fi may not be available. Ceremonies will be livestreamed on Facebook and Panopto.

Contact Anthony Smith, director of operations at the Petersen Events Center, with urgent facilities or access questions, 412-648-3059.