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Pitt Business Graduation Ceremony

DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

DURATION: Approximately 2 Hours

VENUE: PPG Paints Arena

ADDRESS: 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Directions and Parking

* Please note that tickets to the Pitt Business Graduation Ceremony are unlimited. 

* If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne O'Donnell at

Information for Students

ARRIVAL TIME: 5:30 p.m.  Students will immediately line up as they enter PPG Paints Arena.  There will be no parents or guests allowed in this area.

TICKET INFORMATION: No tickets are required.

CAPS AND GOWNS: Graduating students can order their cap and gown through Graduation Central in person at Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom, on April 11, 2017 or April 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You should be able to receive your graduation items on the spot. It is vital that you attend Graduation Central if you are participating in commencement. If you cannot make these dates, please call the University Book Store after April 14 to order your cap and gown. The number is 412-648-1455. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: GradImages, an external photography service, will take pictures of all students as they get their diploma and after they have received their diploma. These pictures can be purchased by students directly through the company. 

DIPLOMA FRAMES: Herff Jones, an external company, provides diploma frames and graduation announcements that can be personalized. The text inside of the announcement can be customized to display the graduation recognition ceremony information. Students who wish to order a diploma frame or announcements may visit the company website at

Information for Parents

ARRIVAL TIME: The gates open at 5 p.m. and the graduation ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. 

SEATING: Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There is no ticket required to attend the graduation ceremony.

HANDICAPPED SEATING: Handicapped seating is available.  PPG Paints Arena staff are available to escort people to reserved seating areas.  No early entrance is necessary.  There are elevators available.  Details on accessibility and handicapped accommodations can be found here.

PARKING: Parking is available for between $5-$10 at the following locations:

  • Garage beside arena

  • East Lot

  • North Lot

  • South Lot

  • West Lot

PHOTOGRAPHY RULES: Cameras are allowed, but admittance to the floor area of PPG Paints Arena is prohibited.  Pitt Business will have professional photographers on site and will share photos after the ceremony.  Please see above to the photography section of the Student Information area for more information.

EVENT PROGRAMS: Event programs will be distributed as you enter the arena

COMMENCEMENT FLOWERS: For your convenience, Commencement Flowers is on site before and after the ceremony if you would like to purchase flowers for your graduate. The company carries top-of-the-line quality, fresh cut flowers, with a large variety of colors and sizes. 

1/2 Dozen Roses - $20 1 Dozen Roses - $25

Open Faced Presentation Graduation Bouquet - $35

10.5” Teddy Bear - $20 with the purchase of flowers

T-shirt with All Graduates’ Names - $25