In accordance with the University of Pittsburgh’s response, SCI has made the decision to postpone all in-person graduation ceremonies. While we understand how disappointing this may be and are deeply saddened, but the health and safety of our students is our top priority.

Announcements regarding the University’s Commencement ceremony will be announced on the official University Commencement page, and announcements regarding the SCI recognition ceremony will be announced here.

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and look forward to celebrating with you at a future date!

Please be advised that our School typically offers a recognition ceremony in the summer for summer graduates as well, but no final decision has yet be made as to when that ceremony will occur.

School Recognition Ceremony

Each term, we host recognition ceremonies to honor those graduating from both our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These ceremonies includes a speech to graduates, an address from degree program representatives, and a reading of each graduate’s name.

Please note: This ceremony is separate from the annual University Commencement.


All students are welcome to bring guests to the Recognition Ceremony.

International students who would like to invite their family to attend should review these instructions provided by the Office of International Services.

Lodging & Transportation

We encourage you to reserve a hotel room as soon as possible if you and/or your guests have a need and plan to stay overnight in Pittsburgh during this time.

Transportation options for the University’s Oakland neighborhood include hotel shuttles (if available), public transportation, or taxi cab companies. If driving, we suggest identifying a few parking options in advance – there are various street parking and parking garage locations available throughout campus.


Dress code for the ceremony is business casual. Graduation regalia is optional. We will have a few “prop” graduation gowns available for photo opportunities.

If you choose to wear regalia, here are some instructions for ordering regalia.

Spring Ceremony

Virtual Recognition Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2020
4:00 p.m.
View the 2020 Virtual Recognition Ceremony Program

Undergraduate Ceremony

View the 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Ceremony Agenda

Graduate Ceremony

View the 2020 Virtual Graduate Ceremony Agenda