POSTPONED: Spring 2020 Commencement

Sunday, April 26, 2020
David Lawrence Convention Center

This event has been postponed in accordance with Chatham University's COVID-19 response and will be rescheduled at a later date.

    Chatham University's Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The ceremony will be held on the 3rd floor in the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom. This is a ticketed event and tickets are required for admission.

    Directions & Parking

    Please visit the Convention Center website for directions and parking details. Parking is also available at these locations:

    The event will be live streamed. Please visit to view the live stream of the event or the archived recording after the ceremony.

    Commencement Speaker: Carol Ann Mason '67

    The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Carol Ann Mason '67. Carol Mason Graduated from Chatham in 1967 with a B.S. degree in biology. Carol had her start in science through her biology professors at Chatham who encouraged her to focus on biology rather than languages and art history, and by recommending her for a National Science Foundation Summer Research program at the American Museum of Natural History, where she enjoyed projects in natural history and marine biology. She entered graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, in zoology, and specialized in neuroscience, receiving a Ph.D. in zoology in 1973. After a postdoctoral fellowship in England and at the Universities of Wisconsin and Chicago, her first faculty job was in 1980 at NYU Medical School. Since 1987, she has been a professor of pathology and cell biology, neuroscience and ophthalmology at the medical school at Columbia University and is currently a member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. She is recognized for her work on axon growth and guidance of retinal cells to the brain, during the establishment of the binocular circuit.

    Throughout her career, Carol has played prominent roles in promoting professional development and public outreach, and in championing gender quality in science. She was co-director of Columbia's Ph.D. Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, and is deeply involved in developing programs for mentoring faculty at Columbia. From 2013-2014, she served as the president of the Society for Neuroscience. As president, she helped to further the Society's mission to advance our understanding of the nervous system through President Obama's BRAIN initiative. Carol is a Senior Fellow of the Simons Foundation, an AAAS fellow, and a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.


David Lawrence Convention Center

Contact Information

Mary Simbari