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Panther Parents Association
April.16 Issue

Spring Event Highlights | University Commencement & Residential Move-Out Process | Spring Cleaning Donation Drive | Your Input and Webinars | Job Shadowing Opportunities | Attire for Hire | National Scholarships | Interfaith Baccalaureate | Hesselbein Global Academy Student Application | Credit Card Payment Acceptance | Payment Plan Enrollment | Pitt's College Prep & Leadership Academy | Save the Dates 

Spring Event Highlights

Vice President Joe Biden visits Pitt's campus to kick-off the national "It's On Us" campaign tour | Pitt Dance Marathon raised over $200,000 to support Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation 
Joe Biden Video

From Parent and Family Resources:

What to expect at University Commencement and the residential move-out process

April is here and soon our seniors will be celebrating the successful completion of a Pitt degree!  About the same time, undergraduates will take final exams and most will begin the process to move back home.  April is an exciting time at Pitt; it can also be a stressful time. Here are some helpful tips. ​​  
  1. Let your graduates take the lead on their special day. Giving them some leeway will help them enjoy this time even more. The ceremony generally takes between two and two and one half hours.
  2. Plan ahead. Thousands will be in attendance so parking and getting to your seat may take extra time. Review the Commencement Web site, then talk to your student so that all parties are “on the same page” before you arrive. 
  3. Be aware that the Pittsburgh Marathon will take place that morning.  As a result, Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. For details on the route and what to expect click HERE.
  4. Individual schools may have their own recognition ceremonies in addition to the University Commencement. Ask your students to check their email for specific information from their school.
PA Travel Advisory Site! Add this travel Web site to your mobile device so that you can keep track of travel conditions, road closures, delays, and alerts in Allegheny County and the entire Pennsylvania region. This may be a useful site as you travel to pick up your student or attend Commencement. 
Commencement 2016 will be available via

Tell your out-of-town family and friends to visit the commencement Web site on May 1, 2016 after 1 p.m. to gain access to the Live Stream of commencement!


Moving Out

  1. Plan ahead. Ask your student for their finals schedule and when they will be ready to move out.
  2. Ask them to sort which items will go home and what they may want to store at an independent storage facility.
  3. Ask if they need boxes or garbage bags and see if they can start packing before you arrive.  
For your convenience, residential move-out instructions will be posted on the Panther Central Web site and housing carts will be available that week. In addition, all residential students will receive instructions via their Pitt email so encourage your student to monitor that account.

Try your best to relax and take it all in. Plan ahead, communicate with your student in advance, and enjoy the experience.

As always, if you have questions after reading through the above Web sites or questions in general, please feel free to call 412-624-8548 or write to

Sandy Talbott
Parent and Family Liaison

Pitt's Annual Spring Cleaning DONATION DRIVE

Clothing, shoes, small appliances, household items, and furniture accepted. No televisions or mattresses. USEABLE GOODS will be distributed to organizations in need. The rest will be RECYCLED. Donation bins are located in Residence Halls, the William Pitt Union, and O'Hara Student Center.

Your input is VALUED!
Please complete this brief survey so that we may better serve Pitt Parents with more webinars, programs, and resources.

Thank you to everyone who registered and participated in the April 11 Arts and Sciences, and April 12 Engineering, Business, and Nursing Academic Advising Webinars. Parents and family members heard Pitt advisers discuss how they help students to clarify academic and career interests, and navigate their Pitt academic experience.  Parent questions were addressed afterwards.
All Parent Webinars are posted HERE for your viewing and to help you support your student. 

Alpha Phi Omega

Shadow in Your City

The Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance is offering career shadowing experiences this May! From New York City, to Philadelphia, to Washington D.C., companies like Macy's, Deloitte, the FBI, the Phillies, and more, will open up their doors.

Students must register through FutureLinks under “Events” and “Workshops," and attendance at a mandatory info session (by April 22). Students must arrange their own transportation to and from their chosen job shadow.

Attire for Hire! 

Donate to the Career Closet! Help to ensure that all Pitt students can look their very best during Career Fairs and at employment opportunities! Please consider donating professional wear to our “Attire for Hire” event!
Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, April 30. 
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

William Pitt Union Lobby – main floor – look for signs. If you arrive later in the day, please go to the drop-off location at the Information Desk. 

For more information, and to see how students can make benefit from your cleaned, professional clothing donations, please click HERE. Tax deductible slips available. Questions can be directed to Danica Porter or Sandy Talbott.

National Scholarships

Use this summer to sit down with your student and discuss possible scholarship opportunities. Use this link to begin the conversation.

Interfaith Baccalaureate

Please join us for an evening to celebrate faith and spirituality as we honor our graduating seniors on Friday, April 29. RSVP by April 22 by clicking HERE.
Interfaith Baccalaureate

Student Leadership Summit 2016 Application Open!

The eighth annual Hesselbein Global Academy will be held July 23-26, 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh. Apply online by May 8.

Students will join 50 dynamic student-leaders from across the world to learn how to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders. Participants will work alongside distinguished mentors who will share their expertise and guide you through leadership training. Students will emerge from the academy with the skills and experience to excel as global leaders.

Encourage your student to apply to this unique leadership conference!

Pitt Now Accepts Credit Cards for Online Payments

The University has arranged for a third-party vendor to accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa when payment is made online through PittPAY.
  • You will be charged a non-refundable service fee of 2.75% by the vendor each time you use a credit or debit card to process a payment in PittPAY. This fee will be in addition to tuition, fee, room, and meal plan charges.
  • eCheck is an electronic deduction from a personal US checking account. Payments made in PittPAY by eCheck are offered at no charge to you. You will need the routing number and account number from a personal US checking account to process an eCheck payment.
For more information on options for paying your eBill, click HERE.

Payment Plan Enrollment Begins April 11

Re-enrollment is not automatic and must be done for each year, or semester you wish to participate in the plan. PAYMENT PLAN BENEFITS:
  1. Easy online enrollment
  2. Flexible payment options
  3. No interest
For more information on how to select a Payment Plan from the available options visit, PittPAY Payment Plan.
The Bridge

The Bridge: College Prep & Leadership Academy


For Pitt Younger Siblings — July 10-15: Your high school age children are invited to strengthen their leadership skills and gain a competitive edge in the college application process through our dynamic weeklong program of activities and SAT/ACT practice (via The Princeton Review).

Siblings of current Pitt students receive a special 10% off the registration fee with code PITTFAMILY. Contact with questions.

Save the Dates

The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
Office of Parent and Family Resources
130 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-8548

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