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Commencement: Heinz College Celebration of Graduates

It's that time of year! Graduation is almost upon us, and we're looking forward to bringing our Heinz College community together to celebrate. This page will be regularly updated, so check back for the most up-to-date information.


Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM ET (Check-in time: 9:30am)
In-Person Location: Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh Campus

Join us as we celebrate and recognize the achievements of our recent graduates!

The event is in-person and will also be broadcast via livestream on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Link to the live broadcast will be made available on this page as we get closer to the event.

Graduates from the following classes are eligible to participate in the Commencement events:

  • August 2019
  • December 2019
  • May 2020
  • August 2020
  • December 2020
  • May 2021
  • August 2021
  • December 2021
  • May 2022
  • August 2022 (Masters Only)
Keynote Speaker

Sam Reiman ImageSam Reiman
Director and Trustee

Richard King Mellon Foundation

Sam Reiman serves as the director and as a trustee of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Sam oversees the Foundation’s administrative, programmatic, community, and strategic planning functions. As announced in January 2021, this included leading the Foundation’s new ten-year strategic plan to invest more than $1.2 billion dollars in southwestern Pennsylvania and nationally across the program areas of economic development, economic mobility, health and wellbeing, conservation, social impact investments, and organizational effectiveness. With assets estimated at $3.4 billion at the end of 2021, the Foundation provides approximately $140 million in grants and program related investments annually and is one of the 50 largest foundations in the world.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Sam served as a senior program officer at the McCune Foundation, a program officer at the Forbes Funds, and as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte.

Sam, who left high school in the 9 th grade and later received his GED, began his college education at the Lancaster, PA campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. Sam then transferred to Franklin and Marshall College, where he worked 1,000 hours per year as one of two scholars responsible for maintaining the 22-acre public park adjacent to campus in exchange for full tuition, room, and board. Sam holds a BA degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from Franklin and Marshall College, Cum Laude; an MS degree in Public Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University; and an MS degree in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. Sam resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sandra, and two daughters, Isabella, and Sofia.

Student Speaker

Sunny Dangui imageSunny Dangui
HNZ '22

We are pleased to announce that this year's student speaker for the Heinz College Diploma Ceremony is Sunny Dangui from the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program. Sunny was selected by her peers to address our graduates at the Diploma Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. Congrats, Sunny!

Sunny is from Shenzhen, China, and she received a BA in Spanish and Theatre & Dance from Colby College. You may have seen Sunny hosting PiperTV, a CMU social media video series.

We look forward to hearing from Sunny at the Heinz College Diploma Ceremony. Thank you to everyone who participated and/or voted in the student speaker selection process!

Family and friends are invited to both the Heinz and the CMU ceremonies. The University will not be sending invitations to your family, so be sure to invite them and inform them of the details.

Celebrate on Social Media

We encourage students, classmates, family members, and loved ones, to share congratulatory message, photos, and videos via Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook in the weeks and days leading up to and following the event. Be sure to tag @HeinzCollege in your public posts and use the hashtags #CMUgrad22, #HNZ22, #TartanProud, and #IntelligentAction to celebrate your accomplishments and memories with your fellow graduates. We will be pulling all of the public Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter posts using these tags and hashtags onto this web page as a Memory Wall.

Heinz College Diploma Ceremony Venue Details

The Heinz College Diploma Ceremony will be held at the Petersen Events Center to allow for ample space for all our graduates and their guests. NO TICKETS or REGISTRATION FOR GUESTS is needed. All seats will give you a good view, so no worries!


We know there's a lot on your mind as graduation approaches—we're here to make sure you don't forget the details!

Below, you'll find answers to common questions regarding some graduation basics like regalia and diplomas, as well as information about the CMU's in-person commencement activities.