Commencement Ceremony 2018

Event Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Event Location:

Event Audience:

Class of 2018 Awards

Congratulations to members of the Class of 2018 who are being recognized with special awards. Download the awards PDF

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 Live Stream

Duquesne University will broadcast the ceremony via the Commencement live stream.


Photo of the Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman

Commencement Speaker
Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman
U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit








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 23, 2018.

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 Friday, May 18, 2018. The School of Law will 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 8th).

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. 

Rental hoods must be returned to the University Bookstore no later than Friday, June 1, 2018. Your $250 check or credit card slip will be returned to you at that time. After June 1st, return the hoods to the School of Law 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 Student Union 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 2018 or the graduation memo. If graduates or their family members have questions, please contact the Law School Registrar's Office.