Chatham University 
2019 Spring Commencement

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 | 1:00 PM

David L. Lawrence Convention CENTER
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Doors Open: 12:00pm
Seated Time: 12:45pm

Rehearsal Date/Time: April 26, 2019 at 10:00am

Special Guide for Graduates, Families, and Friends


Frequently Asked Questions

+ Are there any forms that must be completed before graduation?

Yes, there are 3 important steps that you must complete before commencement.

  1. Degree conferral registration deadline is Friday, March 15. (requires myChatham login)
  2. Regalia orders MUST be submitted online by Friday, March 8.
  3. Commencement form to request tickets deadline is Friday, March 15(requires myChatham login)

Click here to submit the commencement form.

+ Do we need tickets?

Yes, tickets are required for seating at the ceremony. Each student who completes their on-line forms by the Friday, March 15 deadline can expect to receive 4 tickets. We ask that you not request more tickets than you need (if you will not need four tickets, please do NOT request four). Due to space constraints, requests for additional tickets (up to 4) will be granted if they are available. Ticket requests received after Friday, March 15 will be granted if tickets are available.

NOTE: Tickets are not guaranteed for students who request them after Friday, March 15. All tickets must be picked up at the Office of Academic Affairs by Monday, April 1, unless you live out-of-state (tickets will be mailed to the address you have on file with the Registrar's Office). If you request additional tickets, you will be notified by email if they become available.

+ Is there reserved seating available?

Reserved seating is not available. If someone in your party requires accessible seating, please plan on arriving early.

+ Is the commencement ceremony streamed?

Yes, the ceremony will be streamed live at

+ What time does seating begin?

The doors will open at 12:00 PM. All guests must be seated by 12:45 PM.

+ How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours.

+ Who is the speaker and honorary degree recipient?

The 2019 spring graduation ceremoney commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient is Mary Robinson, who served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is currently President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and is Chair of The Elders and a member of the Club of Madrid. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.

A former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she was also President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012. Robinson is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President of the United States Barack Obama.

She serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012 and her book, Climate Justice - Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future was published in September 2018.

+ Where should I park?

Parking Over 12,000 parking spaces ( are available within a 15-minute walk of the DLCC. A 700-space parking garage located in the DLCC (10th & Penn Ave.) and managed by Alco Parking Corporation. Also, real time parking availability can be viewed on

David L. Lawrence Convention Center Maps

+ Any disability accommodations?

The DLCC has complimentary non-motorized wheelchairs available for guests to use while on site. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located at the East Lobby security desk, West Lobby security desk, and the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom, Presented by Dollar Bank, security desk. For more information on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center accessibility, please go to

A sign language interpreter will be available for anyone needing this service.

If a member of your party requires special accommodations, please email your special accommodation needs to

+ Where do I get a cap and gown for commencement?

Click here to Order Regalia. Regalia orders must be placed by Friday, March 8.

+ Where can I order graduation announcements?

Each student will receive one standard commencement announcement with each ticket they receive for the ceremony. If you wish to purchase special announcements, please contact the Chatham Bookstore.

+ Where can I make reservations for off–campus accommodations?

Click here for a list of local accommodations.

+ Is there a professional photographer on site?

Chatham works with a professional photographer to photograph the ceremony. Approximately 1-2 weeks following commencement, students and guests will have access to photographs of the ceremony for a limited time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at