More than 2,200 Pitt undergrads crossed the stage on May 1 at the Petersen Events Center at Pitt’s first in-person, University-wide commencement ceremony since 2019.
In addition, ceremonies were held throughout the previous week for the different schools, and the class of 2020 had its long-awaited in-person commencement on April 30.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (A&S ’91) was keynote speaker at the undergrad ceremony. A Pitt student-athlete who went on to a career as a pro football player and broadcaster, Riddick told the students: “Let me be the first to tell you this: Success in life is never going to be linear. It’s never going to be a direct shot right to the top. Stay the course. Reinvent. Be bold.”
Riddick was granted an honorary doctorate from Pitt, along with sculptor Thaddeus Mosley (A&S ’50) and congresswoman Lauren Underwood.