Graduation Information

Must-Know Graduation Details

You can graduate in April, June, August, or December.
Here’s your Graduation Checklist

  1. Be sure you have met all academic requirements for graduation
  2. Be sure you are registered for the term in which you want to graduate
  3. Apply for graduation
  4. If you’re a doctoral candidate, make sure your defense is properly announced well in advance
  5. Complete the Exit Survey
  6. If you are an international student, complete the Departure Notification Form
  7. Submit your essay, thesis, or dissertation according to the instructions below. Be sure that you follow all formatting instructions in the Academic Handbook and in your departmental guidelines.

Events During Graduation Weekend

Academic Requirements for Graduation

It is critical that you meet with your advisor and department student services staff member to make sure that you have successfully completed all of the academic requirements for graduation. These include (but are not necessarily limited to) ...

  • All school-wide required courses, including two terms of Public Health Grand Rounds
  • All departmental required courses
  • Any practicum, internship, residency, or research requirements
  • Pitt Public Health Student Academic Integrity Module
  • All required examinations (preliminary, comprehensive, etc.)
  • Essay, thesis, or dissertation
  • If you are receiving a joint or dual degree, all requirements for both degrees must be complete (with the exception of the MSTP program)
  • You must be registered for the term in which you graduate

In addition, you must ensure that you meet the following conditions:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • All G, I, or Z grades must be converted to a final grade (or your file must contain a memo from your advisor stating that the course is not required for the degree)
  • Full (not provisional) admission status

Registration Requirement for Graduating Students

Degree-seeking student must be registered for at least one credit or for FTDR (for doctoral students completing full-time dissertation research) in the term of graduation. Students planning to graduate in June must register for at least one credit or FTDR in 6-week session 1. To graduate in August, you may register for summer term, or for any summer session, including 6-week session 1. If you applied for June graduation and registered for 6-week session 1, you can apply for August graduation without further registration, but you must reapply by submitting a new graduation application and prior degree form. 

Note: international students need permission from the Office of International Services to register for less than a full-time credit load.

Students graduating with a certificate only do not need to register in the term of graduation, as long as they registered during the 12 months prior to graduation.

If you have not registered for three terms, you are no longer an active student. Consult with your department student services staff to discuss criteria for re-admission.

Applying to Graduate

You must apply to graduate by completing an Application for Graduation (PDF - form must be printed in landscape orientation) and a Prior Degree Form (PDF) and submitting them to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs, G011A. Deadlines and instructions are listed in the table below. Late fees must be paid by check or money order payable to the “University of Pittsburgh” and be submitted with the application. Contact Joanne Pegher with questions.

Be sure to list your Pitt e-mail on the Application for Graduation and a non-Pitt e-mail on the Prior Degree Form. Your name on the application must be the same as it appears in the PeopleSoft system. You will be required to provide legal documentation (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree, valid passport) to the Office of the Registrar to use a different name on the graduation application.

If you are graduating with two Pitt Public Health degrees, or a Pitt Public Health degree and a Pitt Public Health certificate, you may enter all information on one application form. If degrees and/or certificates will be awarded by another school in addition to Pitt Public Health, an application must be submitted to each school. If you are graduating with a joint degree, please indicate this on the second page of the graduation application beneath the area for degrees.

Note: your Academic Department/Student Plan is PPBHL and your Department is BCHS, BIOST, EOH, EPIDEM, HPM, HUGEN, IDM; or MULTI PROGRAM. For Name of Degree/Cert, list degree and/or specific certificate.

Titles: Only doctoral students who intend to graduate in April need to provide the title of their dissertation.  Those submitting an essay or thesis never need to include their titles on the application.

Applications for graduation are valid for only one graduation date. If you postpone graduation, you must reapply by completing and submitting another application.

Important Graduation Dates

For a comprehensive, printable table of important dates and deadlines, refer to the graduation dates table. The table is updated as dates are released by the Office of the University Registrar.

Note that graduation ceremonies happen once per calendar year, at the end of the spring term. These events honor graduates from the previous June, August, and December and the current April term. 

The events appear below on the April graduation calendar based on when they occur, but June, August, and December grads are also invited. More on these events at publichealth.pitt.edu/graduationweekend

Minimize April 2019 Graduation Deadlines & Important Dates

Mon 6/24 to Fri 6/28 - Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins April Graduation Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins
Mon 6/24 to Fri 6/28


Vendor begins mailing diplomas June 24 thru June 28 (April 2019 graduates / term 2194). Will be notified via Pitt e-mail address when the diploma ships.  Certificates are printed and mailed by Student Affairs Office approx. 6 to 8 weeks after graduation.

Thu 4/23 - Event
Pitt Commencement (Graduate) April Graduation Event
Pitt Commencement (Graduate)
Thu 4/23
Petersen Events Center

The University of Pittsburgh's annual Commecement ceremony for graduate students. Stay tuned for more details! Contact the Office of Special Events (University-level) for more information at 412-624-7100. 

Sat 4/25 4:00PM - 6:00PM - Event
Celebration of Student Awards April Graduation Event
Celebration of Student Awards
Sat 4/25 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

A cocktail reception and awards ceremony honoring standouts from the graduating class of 2019-20 in multiple award categories. Graduating students are invited regardless of whether they are selected for an award. Awardees will be notified by the school. 

Sun 4/26 1:00PM - 4:00PM - Event
Pitt Public Health Convocation April Graduation Event
Pitt Public Health Convocation
Sun 4/26 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Carnegie Music Hall

Celebrate the academic achievement of our 2019-20 graduates as they become the newest cohort of Pitt Public Health alumni at our 70th Convocation. Family and friends are welcome! 

June 2019 Graduation Deadlines & Important Dates

Tue 7/9 - Notice
Transcripts Available June Graduation Notice
Transcripts Available
Tue 7/9


Transcripts available from Registrar's office G-3 Thackeray with valid ID, June 2019 graduates (term 2197).




 

Wed 7/24 to Wed 7/31 - Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins June Graduation Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins
Wed 7/24 to Wed 7/31


Vendor begins mailing diplomas July 24 thru July 31 for June 2019 graduates (term 2197).  Will be notified via Pitt e-mail address when the diploma ships.  Certificates are printed and mailed by Student Affairs office approx. 6 to 8 weeks after graduation.

August 2019 Graduation Deadlines & Important Dates

Mon 7/8 - Application Deadline
Graduation Application Deadline ($25 fee) August Graduation Application Deadline
Graduation Application Deadline ($25 fee)
Mon 7/8


The regular deadline to apply for August 2019 graduation (term 2197) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $25 fee until July 8. The final deadline to apply is July 22. 

NOTE: To graduate in August, you may register for summer term, or for any summer session, including 6-week session 1. If you applied for June graduation and registered for 6-week session 1, you can apply for August graduation without further registration.

Mon 7/22 - Application Deadline
Final Graduation Application Deadline ($35) August Graduation Application Deadline
Final Graduation Application Deadline ($35)
Mon 7/22


The regular deadline to apply for August 2019 graduation (term 2197) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $35 fee until July 22. The final deadline to apply is July 22. 

NOTE: To graduate in August, you may register for summer term, or for any summer session, including 6-week session 1. If you applied for June graduation and registered for 6-week session 1, you can apply for August graduation without further registration.

Tue 7/23 - Deadline
Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due August Graduation Deadline
Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due
Tue 7/23


Initial upload of your essay, thesis, or dissertation is due to the D-Scholarship system. The file may be a draft. Notify Joanne Pegher of the status of the file. Format is PDF for thesis and dissertation, Word or PDF for essays. August 2019 graduation. Term 2197.

Fri 8/2 - Deadline
Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Review Appointments August Graduation Deadline
Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Review Appointments
Fri 8/2


Your document must be reviewed for format before August 2. Contact Joanne Pegher to schedule an appointment. August 2019 graduation. Term 2197.

Mon 8/5 - Deadline
Final Upload and all Paperwork Due August Graduation Deadline
Final Upload and all Paperwork Due
Mon 8/5


The final copy of your essay, thesis, or dissertation must be uploaded and all required paperwork must be submitted to Joanne Pegher.  August 2019 graduation. Term 2197.

Sat 8/10 - Notice
Official Date for Award of Degree August Graduation Notice
Official Date for Award of Degree
Sat 8/10


The official date for the award of the degree for August 2019 graduation (term 2197).

Fri 9/6 - Notice
Transcripts Available August Graduation Notice
Transcripts Available
Fri 9/6


Transcripts available for pickup from Registrar's Office (G3 Thackeray) with ID. August 2019 graduates (term 2197).
 

Mon 9/23 to Fri 9/27 - Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins August Graduation Notice
Diploma Mailing Begins
Mon 9/23 to Fri 9/27


Vendor begins mailing diplomas September 23 thru September 27 for August 2019 graduates (term 2197). Will be notified via Pitt e-mail address when the diploma ships.  Certificates are printed and mailed by Student Affairs Office approx. 6 to 8 weeks after graduation.

December 2019 Graduation Deadlines & Important Dates

December Graduation Notice

Official Date for Award of Degree

Saturday 12/15
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Last Updated On Monday, July 16, 2018 by Mahonski, Alli Rachelle
Created On Monday, July 16, 2018

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Required Paperwork and Electronic Submissions

Submit paperwork to Joanne Pegher, Office of Student Affairs, G009 Public Health, except as noted below.

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News and Announcements about Graduation

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MMPH graduate Eva Chernoff honored with U.S. Public Health Service excellence award 

MMPH graduate Eva Chernoff honored with U.S. Public Health Service excellence award

Pitt Medicine and Pitt Public Health graduate, Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19, MD '19) was honored with the 2019 U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award in recognition of her commitment to advocacy, education, and service for marginalized and underserved populations, and leadership in ... (06/18/2019)
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Dean Burke gives six precepts for success in 2019 Convocation Address 

Dean Burke gives six precepts for success in 2019 Convocation Address

As the 2019 Convocation speaker, outgoing dean Donald S. Burke explained that the world would be looking to the class of 2019 for answers to things like the opioid epidemic, gun violence, and other challenges to the public's health. Dean Burke dispensed wisdom personally gathered during his career,... (05/06/2019)
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2019 Celebration of Student Awards 

2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/29/2019)
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HUGEN's Beth Roman receives 2019 Craig Teaching Award 

HUGEN's Beth Roman receives 2019 Craig Teaching Award

Congratulations to HUGEN's Beth Roman on winning this year's award honoring faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. "Dr. Roman creates the best possible learning environment by making her classroom open to all questions, comments, and points of discussion. She actively ... (04/22/2019)