Commencement 2021

Rebecca Skloot in graduation gown on the PNC Park Screen
Bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, disability rights leader Judy Heumann and nurse educator Susan Hassmiller are among the newest awardees of honorary Pitt degrees.
a person in a black face mask holding up a colorful tile depicting two green people at the dentist
Senior Colleen Mars took the shock of a halted study abroad trip in Italy and turned it into a world full of color, fear and closure on canvas. Her piece, “Things that Scare Me,” won the Hindsight 20/20 art competition’s drawing category.
a woman in a blue and gold Pitt shirt smiling broadly
This first-generation college student felt welcomed from the moment she set foot on campus. She’s worked to elevate equity and social justice to make the University community even more welcoming for all. Read more about senior Destiny Harrison-Griffin’s inspiration.
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Rohil Chada and Katie Gerber from the College of Business Administration were named to Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest Business Majors of 2021 list.
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David Zahniser’s album, “The Crossroads,” is a musical exploration of the Hill District that blends standard Jewish tunes with jazz to create a soundscape of the neighborhood’s working class history.
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See the finalists and winners of the Emma W. Locke and Senior of the Year awards, which honor seniors who embody scholarship, character, leadership and devotion to Pitt.
Louise Lovecchio in graduation attire, poses for  photographer and fellow Pitt student Alanna Reid, foreground, outside of the Cathedral of Learning
If you can’t make it in person, join the livestream at 6 p.m. ET or visit Pitt’s social media pages to experience the first of several celebrations for the Class of 2021.
Julia Foust in a blue Pitt mask and a yellow panthers hoodie
For senior Julia Foust, computer science + bioengineering = a better life for patients.
Share your memories of Pitt and your graduation celebration on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #PittGrad21, #ForgeAhead and #H2P.
Pitt’s Career Center would like to know your plans after graduation and how they can assist you.