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Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Photo for 2012

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Consol Energy Center


Commencement Speaker


James E. Rohr

Executive Chairman

The PNC Financial Services Group


Doors Open:  8:30 a.m.
Students Report to Registration 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 21, 2014. 

Note: This ceremony is for undergraduate students only. If you are receiving a master's degree, please register for the Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony.  

Commencement Central

You are cordially invited to celebrate Point Park University's 2014 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 16, 2014 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 2013 and Spring 2014 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 2014, according to a plan that has been reviewed and approved by their respective dean, are also permitted to participate in the hooding ceremony.  



Commencement Photographs

Arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take pictures of each graduate as they receive their 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, 2013
  • Spring: Sept. 30, 2013
  • Summer: Jan. 30, 2014

Student Correspondence

Graduation Application

Commencement Checklist

Graduation Fair:  

March 8, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

March 11, 2014
Noon - 6 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

March 12, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

Please join us for this excellent opportunity to get all of your commencement questions answered.  Complimentary graduation announcements and undergraduate honor cords will be distributed along with the sale of caps, gowns and class rings. Representatives from the Office of Alumni Relations, Office of the Registrar, Center for Student Success, Conference and Event Services and 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 East 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      
      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
      Misty Abraham       
      Phone: 412-392-3442
      Email: mabraham@pointpark.edu 

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

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Alumni Association

Susan Orr Photo 2013Graduates from the Class of 2014: 

On behalf of the Point Park University community and the Point Park Alumni Association, we 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 54th 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 one of the newest members of the Alumni Association, you are a beneficiary of Point Park’s proud history and traditions.  We welcome you and all of your classmates into our proud community of graduates. 

In today’s digital age, you are able to stay connected with your friends and Alumni to share the memories you made and those that await you in the new chapters of your life. You are also able to keep up to date on the latest Point Park news and when Alumni events will be held very near to where your journey takes you. We welcome and encourage you to attend Alumni programs and events. There is no cost for membership in the Alumni Association. Your membership and Alumni services are made available through the generosity of Alumni to the Annual Fund. As a proud new Point Park graduate, I hope that you will consider supporting the University through this Fund with a suitable gift during the various stages of your life. Your interest and support will keep Point Park growing. 

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

Susan Orr Signature

Susan Orr, President
Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Hotel/City Information

The University has arranged room blocks at the following hotels on 5/2/14 (subject to availability). 

Courtyard Marriot

945 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Standard Room: $132 per night

Reservations must be made by 4/11/2014.

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

112 Washington Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Single or Double Occupancy: $159 per night

Reservations must be made by 4/11/2014.

Sheraton Station Square

300 West Station Square Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Single: $199 per night

Double: $199 per night

Triple: $219 per night

Quad: $239 per night

Reservations must be made by 4/2/2014.

For additional local hotel options, take a look at our Area Hotels.

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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