Graduation

Here's everything you need to know about qualifying and applying for graduation, as well as participating in commencement.

Graduation Requirements

All Dietrich School undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 credits of coursework and receive a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in your major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s) to graduate. You must complete a minimum of 150 credits if you are receiving a double degree from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or pursuing a degree in two different undergraduate schools at Pitt. Please check with the other undergraduate school for any additional requirements they may have for that degree.

Please make sure that all of your general education requirements are fulfilled or are in the process of being fulfilled.

All students who have only one major and do not have a minor or certificate must have a "related area” to graduate. A related area is a minimum of 12 credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA in any department other than your major. 

Please check with your advisor each semester to verify that you are on track to fulfill all requirements for both the Dietrich School and for your major.

Applying for Graduation

Students who wish to earn a Dietrich School degree or certificate must complete an application for graduation in the Office of Student Records, 140 Thackeray Hall. Please note that the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduation application is not available online. When applying for graduation, please heed the following guidelines:

  • You must apply for graduation in the term preceding the one in which you expect to graduate. For example, if you plan to graduate in April, you must apply for graduation in early November. Check the Dietrich School calendar for graduation deadlines. You should also discuss your graduation plans with your advisor.
  • Your application will be reviewed by Student Records and you will be contacted by United States mail and your Pitt e-mail account about any concerns or questions pertaining to your application. In order to graduate, any deficiency discovered during the review process should be corrected by the student before the end of the add/drop period in the student’s final term.  
  • You should apply for graduation even if you do not have your final term course schedule finalized. You will be able to update your graduation application as you make changes to your schedule.  
  • If you are earning a double degree, you must apply for graduation in each degree’s undergraduate school. If you are receiving a certificate from another school or unit (for example, a Western European Studies certificate from the University Center for International Studies) you must also apply for graduation in that school or unit. You also must abide by other schools’ and units’ respective graduation application procedures and deadlines.    
  • If you are studying abroad during the term your graduation application is due, please fill out the application before you leave and we will hold it to be reviewed at the appropriate time.  
  • If you are studying abroad during your final term, please be aware that if your transcript from the school you attend abroad is not received by our deadline, you may not be able to graduate that term.
  • If for some reason you are unable to graduate in the term for which you applied, you must reapply to graduate in a future term. Students are not automatically rolled over onto future graduation rosters. Late fees may apply.    
  • Please contact the Office of Student Records at 412-624-6776 if you have questions regarding the receipt of University honors. Please contact your advisor if you have questions regarding the receipt of departmental honors.

Graduation Ceremony

April Graduates

All Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduates are invited to participate in the University of Pittsburgh commencement ceremony. Please check the academic calendar for the specific date of the University’s commencement ceremony. The ceremony is held in the Petersen Events Center. Some departments within the Dietrich School hold a separate ceremony for their graduating seniors. Please check with your advisor or your major department for details. 

August Graduates

There is no commencement ceremony held by the University of Pittsburgh. You are welcome to attend the December recognition ceremony and/or the April commencement ceremony. Invitations to the December recognition ceremony will be mailed in late October.

December Graduates

If you have applied for December graduation, you will receive an invitation and information for the December recognition ceremony. Invitations are mailed in late October.