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Graduate Ceremony

Saturday, May 18, 2019  •  10 a.m. 

Campus Green

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The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. on the Campus Green (the large lawn area at the center of the academic buildings and student union). This ceremony will include the awarding of degrees for all graduate degree candidates and the hooding of all students receiving doctoral degrees. Students will walk across the main stage as their names are announced and shake the hand of the president, provost, and dean of their school or college. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates' permanent home addresses between June 1 and July 31.

Students should report for lineup no later than 9:30 a.m. Graduates will line up behind the main Commencement tent (the side facing Mortensen Library). In the event of inclement weather, there will be no processional, and graduates will be seated in proper order (inside the tent) by school marshals upon arrival.

Caps and Gowns
Late-ordering instructions
Cap-and-gown pickup will take place in Konover Campus Center on Thursday, May 9: 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Advance pickup on May 9–10 is highly recommended. However, If you are unable to pick up cap and gown then, you may on Commencement Day, also in Konover Campus Center, beginning at 8 a.m.  A standard tassel based on academic discipline is provided with your cap and gown. Souvenir tassels in school colors may be purchased as an option when picking up your cap and gown for $7 each (cash or credit card). Following the ceremony, gowns and hoods for master's recipients, and all regalia for doctoral recipients, should be returned at the cap and gown collection area behind the large Commencement tent (those who used the ship-to-home option should ship back as instructed using the provided return label).

Legacy Medals for Students with Alumni Relatives
Legacy students are those who have grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, or uncles who have attended the University of Hartford. We believe these relationships deserve special attention and have created a University of Hartford Legacy Medal to be worn with your Commencement regalia. The Office of Alumni Relations will contact legacy students directly with further details.

Tickets are not required to attend the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

Reception for Graduate Students
Graduates and their immediate families are invited to attend a graduation reception in Gengras Student Union immediately following the ceremony.

Public Transportation
The University of Hartford campus is served by CT fastrak with hourly stops at the bus stop near the entrance to campus. Saturday schedule  Local bus service is available on Saturday to and from downtown Hartford and Bloomfield Center via CT Transit's Route 56. schedule

The Commencement Group, a company authorized by the University of Hartford, provides UHart graduates and guests the convenience of purchasing bouquets on campus during Commencement Weekend. Flowers may be purchased at two separate locations at the ceremony site or can be ordered in advance and picked up at these same locations. 

A sign language interpreter will be present at the ceremony. Please email us or call 860.768.4260 a minimum of 10 days in advance if you wish to arrange for seating near the interpreter.

Do Not Bring List
To ensure the enjoyment and safety of all guests and graduates, the following are prohibited from campus during Commencement:

  • Alcohol
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • Artificial noise makers
  • Backpacks, duffel bags, or tote bags
  • Drones or unmanned aerial systems 
  • Glass bottles
  • Large containers or coolers
  • Stadium chairs or personal seating options
  • Weapons, explosives, or fireworks of any kind

The throwing of objects is also strictly prohibited as is smoking in University buildings and within 25 feet of doorways, tents, and seating areas. We thank you for your cooperation.