Commencement Frequently Asked Questions
Are any additional tickets available?
No additional tickets are available.
Do children require a ticket?
Children under 3 years of age do not require a ticket.
How do I receive my diploma if I do not participate in commencement?
Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address approximately 4-6 weeks following the commencement ceremony. after your degree has been posted to your transcript. Check the Graduation table in Degree Progress and look for the application status of "Degree Awarded" to know if your degree has been posted to your transcript. Your diploma will list your name as it appears on your application for graduation, degree title, major and applicable honors (undergraduate honors only). Graduates with unpaid financial obligations may have a hold placed on their diploma and transcript until the debt is resolved.
Are vaccines required to attend the ceremony?
Vaccination is not mandatory at CMU, however we strongly encourage every member of the university community to be vaccinated.
Will the ceremonies be livestreamed?
Yes, all ceremonies will be livestreamed on our website for family and friends who are unable to attend in person. A recorded version will be available following the ceremony.
Is there an option for graduates to participate virtually?
Graduates are welcome to watch the live stream, however only the names of graduates in attendance in-person will be announced. Graduates who are unable to participate, may submit a Commencement Participation Exception Request to participate in a future commencement ceremony.
Can Class of 2020 graduates participate in a future commencement ceremony?
Yes. 2020 graduates whose ceremonies were canceled due to the pandemic have an open invitation to participate in any future commencement ceremony. Graduates who would like to participate should complete the Commencement Participation Request form.