Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will celebrate the Class of 2024 during its 228th commencement May 31 at 4:00 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. During the service, Michel Martin, Emmy-winning journalist and a host of Morning Edition on National Public Radio, will address the graduates. 

The commencement service will be livestreamed here and on the Seminary's Facebook page.

Emmy-winning journalist Michel Martin is a host of Morning Edition. Previously, she was the weekend host of All Things Considered and host of the Consider This Saturday podcast. Martin currently serves as a contributor for PBS’s Amanpour & Company. Her previous credits include ABC News, Nightline, as well as covering politics for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Martin has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Candace Award for Communications from The National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Martin graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1980 and earned a master of arts from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2016. In 2019, Martin was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in journalism.

Schedule of Events

Thurs., May 30, 2024

5:00-6:30 p.m. Receptions for Grads and Guests, Various Locations, PTS
7:00 p.m. Service of Thanksgiving, Hicks Chapel, PTS

Fri., May 31, 2024

8:00 a.m. Shuttle Service Begins
9:00 a.m. Rehersal, ELPC
11:00 a.m. Awards Brunch, PTS; Must RSVP
2:00 p.m. Individual and Group Photos, ELPC
3:30 p.m. Line Up, ELPC
4:00 p.m. Commencement Service with Reception to Follow, ELPC
7:00 p.m. Shuttle Service Ends

Guest Info

Join us for this year's graduation activities!


Ample free parking is available at the Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206). Parking is extremely limited and metered at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Therefore, we encourage you park on campus and ride the free shuttles to and from the service. See the schedule above for shuttle times.

Entrance Tickets

Seating is available and tickets are NOT required for either the Service of Thanksgiving (Thursday evening) or the Commencement service (Friday afternoon). Bring your friends and family and join us!

About the Facilities

The Seminary has designated handicap parking spots throughout campus. You'll find them in front of Long Hall, to the left of Hicks Chapel, behind Hicks Chapel, and a few at the Breezeway (connecting Long Hall and McNaugher Hall). Hicks Chapel and Long Hall are accessible by elevator. To access Kadel Dining Room, the best option is entering on the ground floor at the Breezeway. 

Hicks Chapel is not air conditioned. 

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East Liberty Presbyterian Church's Highland Avenue entrance is accessible. The shuttles will drop off and pick up guests from there. Additionally, East Liberty's Social Hall (after service reception location) is accessible by elevator. ELPC is not air conditioned.


It is the policy of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary not to allow flash photography during worship services; therefore, flash photography is permitted only during the conferring of degrees during the Commencement service.

Watch the Commencement Livestream Video

After the livestream is complete, the commencement video will be available here and on the Seminary's YouTube channel.