Graduate Commencement April 2022


Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11 a.m.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences awarded 161 Doctoral degrees and 149 Masters degrees to students at the 2022 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. This ceremony celebrated student graduating in December 2021 as well as April and August 2022. Distinguished speaker, Dr. Nancy Targett delivered remarks.

Dr. Nancy Targett delivers commencement ceremony speech

We are living in complex and challenging times. And yes, there is a lot of division in the world. And that division is particularly ironic to me because despite the silos we as humans seem to insist on putting ourselves into (silos that are ideological, regional, ethnic, racial, gender-oriented, etc.), despite the rancor we too often witness—we are, in fact, more connected, more integrated, than ever. We see it in the natural world, where, for example, the spread of viruses and the impacts of climate change know no boundaries. And, we see it in our human world—with real time global supply chains, news and social media stories that reverberate across the world, and medical discoveries (think small pox and polio vaccines or more recently covid vaccines) that have transnational impacts. The impacts of music and the arts also extend far beyond our man-made boundaries.

Dr. Nancy Targett holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Miami (FL), and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Maine. She has served as Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and President of the University of Delaware (UD). She served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware.

For more information please review the 2022 Commencement Program (PDF).



Spring 2022 Ceremony Details

Fitzgerald Field House (Directions)

Please note: The decision to have in-person ceremonies is contingent on the state of the virus. These plans are subject to change. Students and families are encouraged to remain flexible in their planning. Please consider the possibility of cancellations when planning travel or booking hotels. 

Per University policy, regardless of a person's vaccination status, face coverings that cover your nose and mouth are required for all people.  Please bring your own face covering. A limited number will be available at the registration table as a courtesy for guests.

More information about the University of Pittsburgh's guidelines is available at


  • Students are required to RSVP for the ceremony for themselves and for their guests by completing the online form which will be emailed to them.
  • The ceremony will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person. The webcast can be accessed through our website.
  • Students are permitted to bring a maximum of 8 guests.
  • The graduation ceremony should last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Students will be recognized individually as they walk across the front of the stage during the ceremony. Ph.D. students will be hooded. 
  • Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the bleachers section of the Fitzgerald Field House.
  • For additional information, please contact

Academic Regalia

  • Academic regalia is required for graduating students in order for them to be able to participate in the ceremony.
  • Only students in full academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) will be permitted to participate. The only exception is for graduates in military uniform.
  • Beginning February 14, 2022, students may order their academic regalia through the University Store on Fifth. Visit the store website for more information and you may also visit the University commencement website for additional information.

When and Where Do Students Enter the Fitzgerald Field House?

  • Students should arrive for the ceremony between 10 - 10:15 a.m.
  • They should enter through the main entrance of the Fitzgerald Field House. 
  • Students should arrive already dressed in their academic regalia.

What Happens Once a Student Arrives?

  • Once the student arrives, they should report to the line-up area and check in with their marshal (the staff or faculty member assigned to organize the students).
  • The student will receive their name card (for name announcing) in a bag on each graduate's seats.

What Should Guests Know?

  • Guests should arrive at 10:30 a.m.
  • After arriving, guests should proceed to the bleachers area of the Fitzgerald Field House.

Other Important Information

  • When the student completes their RSVP for the ceremony, they should indicate if any accommodations are required for individuals with disabilities.
  • Wheelchairs will be available on site.
  • There will be an ASL interpreter during the main ceremony. 
  • Live Stream the Event on Our Website

Where is Parking Available?

  • Paid parking is available at the OC Lots across the street from the Fitzgerald Field House. There are also a limited number of metered parking spots on the street. 
  • Drop-off in front of the Field House will be allowed for those with wheelchairs or accessibility requirements.
  • Additional parking is available at various lots on the Pitt campus

Photography Packages

Photography packages will be available for purchase for the graduating students from GradImages®.

GradImages® is proud to support one of the biggest moments in a graduate’s life: walking across the stage and into the next chapter. With over 40 years of experience, we understand the importance of this moment and the desire to preserve these memories for a lifetime. Finding your graduate’s photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or email We have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.