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Commencement Ceremony


Saturday, May 2, 2015
Consol Energy Center


Commencement Speaker:

Charlie Batch

NFL Quarterback, Community Advocate & Professional Speaker


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 27, 2015. 

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 2015 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 17, 2015 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 2014 and spring 2015 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 2015, 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 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, 2014
  • Spring: Sept. 30, 2014
  • Summer: Jan. 30, 2015

Student Correspondence

Graduation Application

Commencement Checklist

Graduation Fair:  

March 7, 2015
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

March 10, 2015
Noon - 6 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

March 11, 2015
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: Commencement      
      Andrea Pinigis
      Phone: 412-392-3860
      Email: apinigis@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

Image of Alumni Assoc President Carrie Potter Murray

Graduates from the Class of 2015:

On behalf of the Point Park University community and the Point Park Alumni Association, we would like to extend our best wishes as your next adventure starts this spring.  Upon conferring your degree, you will join an esteemed collection of Point Park graduates  — the Alumni Association of Point Park University — as beneficiaries of a proud history and keepers of unique traditions grown for 55 years on our Downtown campus.

As a member of the alumni association, you will find neither membership fees nor annual requirements. Your membership is an honorable, life-long position earned by you as a mark of your accomplishments as a student at Point Park,

Members enjoy opportunities to engage their University with their time, talent and treasure. Newly joined members could be perfect mentors for first-year students through the Pioneer Alumni Recruitment Team program. Members who have benefited from the generosity of donors may feel moved to pay forward that generosity and share as little as $1 from their first paycheck from their first job after graduation.

Being an active member is a choice; a choice to remain engaged in a dynamic campus and a choice to assist in advancing Point Park into a thriving, growing university.

The Point Park University Alumni Association congratulates you on your graduation and welcomes you as our newest member.


Carrie Potter-Murray ’09, President
Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Hotel/City Information

The University has arranged room blocks at the following hotels on 5/1/15 (subject to availability). 

Courtyard Marriot

945 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 1-800-MARRIOTT 

Single Room Rate: $137

Cutoff date for reservations is Friday, 4/10/2015

Hampton Inn University Center

3315 Hamlet Street,

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Reservations at 1-412-392-4207

King with Pull Out or One Queen Bed: $179

Parking: $14 per night

Cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, 4/1/2015

Group Code: Educational

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-Greentree

555 Trumbull Drive

Pittsburgh PA, 15205

Reservations at 1-412-922-0100

Room Rate: $139

Cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, 4/1/15

Group Code: PPC

Renaissance Pittsburgh

107 6th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 1-800-468-3571

Deluxe Accommodation: $169

Queen/Queen Room: $189

Pet Friendly

Cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, 4/1/2015

Residence Inn by Marriott

574 West General Robinson Street

Pittsburgh PA 15212

Reservations at 1-412-321-2099


King with Pull Out: $169

Cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, 4/1/15

Sheraton Station Square

300 West Station Square Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Reservations at 1-800-325-3535

Traditional Double or King: $199

Prices based on single or double occupancy.

Each additional person will be $20.00 extra.

Cutoff date for reservations is Thursday, 4/2/2015

Wyndham Grand

600 Commonwealth Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Reservations at 1-888-317-0197

Single/Double: $229

Cutoff date for reservations is Friday, 3/6/15

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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