In order to qualify for graduation, the student must meet the following requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of the prescribed program (Diploma, AST Degree or ASB Degree) with a Grade Point Average of not less than that equivalent to a “C,” with no final grade of “F” in any course, and with all clinical case requirements fulfilled.

2. Minimum in-residence requirement of the Institute is in compliance.

3. Earn a passing grade on the PIMS Comprehensive Examination.

4. Complete freedom from all indebtedness to the Institute.

5. Recommendation by the Faculty Council to the President that the student has fulfilled all requirements necessary to enter the field of funeral service.

6. Satisfactory compliance with regard to financial aid requisites (if applicable).

7. Satisfactory record of attendance.

8. Register for and take the National Board Examination administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Graduates receive the Diploma of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Associate in Specialized Business Degree, or the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree.


Graduation ceremonies are held by the Institute. Formal cap and gown commencement exercises are held each September and January.


Recognition of scholarship, class leadership and professional conduct is given at Commencement. All students who have attained a cumulative quality point average of at least 3.50 are accorded honors.

Honors designations:

Cum Laude……………………. 3.50-3.74

Magna Cum Laude…………. 3.75-3.89

Summa Cum Laude ……….. 3.90-4.00

The MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to the student who, through qualities of leadership, professional conduct and good citizenship, best typifies the ideals of the student body.

The JOHN REBOL AWARD is presented to the student who has maintained the highest scholastic average for the year.

The WILLIAM J. MUSMANNO MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to the student in recognition of outstanding ability, attitude, commitment, and achievement in the clinical setting.

MU SIGMA ALPHA is the Honorary Society established by the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science and gives recognition to those students who have displayed outstanding merit in scholarship and who have conducted themselves as good citizens of the schools they have attended. A maximum of 10 percent of the graduating class is eligible for this membership.

The PIERCE CHEMICAL/ROYAL BOND RESTORATIVE ART AWARD is presented to the graduate in recognition of outstanding ability, attitude, commitment and achievement in the areas of cosmetology and restorative art in the clinical setting.

The DODGE AWARD is presented to the graduate in recognition of exceptional expertise in both the technical and theoretical aspects of the study and practice of embalming.

The EUGENE C. OGRODNIK ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD was authorized by the board of directors September 11, 2014 and is presented to the graduate who, as recognized by the core business faculty of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, is deemed to demonstrate the qualities of stewardship, scholarship and leadership and to have the entrepreneurial spirit and greatest potential to impact funeral service of the future.

The CHAMPION AWARD is presented by the Champion Company to the graduate who has demonstrated the overall scholarship, aptitude and practical skills specifically in the core science component of the curriculum.