Duquesne University School of Law

Commencement Ceremony 2017

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Event Location:

Event Audience:

Commencement Mass & Breakfast Reception

The Commencement Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the University Chapel in the Administration Building. (Graduates do not need to robe for Commencement Mass.) A breakfast for graduates and their families and friends will follow the Mass in the School of Law Student Lounge. View the Commencement Mass live stream

Commencement Speaker

Gretchen R. Haggerty, L' 80
Retired Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
United States Steel Corporation

Commencement Live Stream

Duquesne University will broadcast the ceremony via the Commencement live stream


Parking will be provided in the Forbes and Locust Street parking garages. Special needs parking requests must call the Parking Office at 412.396.5267 no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Guest Entrance and Seating

Family members and guests enter the A.J. Palumbo Center at the Forbes Avenue gate, where they will receive a Commencement program. Doors will open no earlier than 10:00 a.m. If special seating accommodations are required, please contact Ella Kwisnek, Assistant Dean of Students, by Monday, May 29, 2017. The School of Law can reserve up to 10 seats. 

Graduation Line-Up

All graduates must be in the auxiliary gym on the first floor of the A.J. Palumbo Center by 10:15 a.m. for robing and line-up.

Graduates should enter the A.J. Palumbo Center at the (Music School Side) Magee Street entrance - Gate B. 

All graduates who rented a hood from the Duquesne University School of Law will receive the hood in the auxiliary gym at the time of preparation for the graduation ceremony.

All graduates who purchased a hood from the Duquesne University Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be notified when pickup is available (approx. May 17th).

All purchased and/or rental hoods should be placed over the left arm when preparing for the graduation procession into the arena.

Tassels should be placed on the left side. 

If you are leaving town on Sunday, June 4, please return the rental hood to the University Bookstore by 3:00 p.m. Rental hoods must be returned to the University Bookstore no later than Friday, June 9th. Your $250 check will be returned to you at that time. After June 9th, return the hoods to the Main Office. If you fail to return the rental hood, a transcript hold will be placed on your account and $250 will be added to your financial debt and obligation to Duquesne University.

Ceremony Photography

A photographer will be present at the ceremony to take photographs of your special moment of recognition. Prints may be ordered. Download the photo form.   

Commencement Reception

Graduates and their guests are invited to attend a Commencement Reception at the Power Center Ballroom immediately following the ceremony (approx. 12:30 p.m.) 

Diploma Framing

School of Law diploma frames are available at the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.


Review Commencement 2017 or the graduation memo. If graduates or their family members have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.