The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. on the University 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 sent to each graduate’s permanent address within 14 days of the ceremony.
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.
A simulcast of the ceremony will be shown in Suisman Lounge on the main floor of Gengras Student Union and in Mali Auditorium in Dana Hall. A live webcast of the ceremony will be available via this Commencement website.
Caps and Gowns
Include your first and last name, student ID number, school, and degree, and note that you are requesting a late cap-and-gown order.
Caps and gowns will be distributed as follows in Gengras Student Union, Rooms 331-339:
Thursday, May 5: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, May 6: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Advance pickup of caps and gowns during the above times is strongly encouraged.
For those unable to do so, caps and gowns will be distributed on the morning of the ceremony:
Saturday, May 14: 8 a.m. to start of ceremony
Women do not remove their caps at any time during the ceremony. Men remove and replace their caps whenever President Harrison does. Graduate candidates wear tassels forward and to the left. A standard tassel is provided with your cap and gown at no charge. Degree-specific tassels are optional and can be purchased for $6 when picking up your cap and gown. Return of graduation apparel is required after the ceremony at a designated tent at the main site (adjacent to the west entrance to Gengras Student Union by the ID office) or in Gengras Rooms 331 and 333. Master's recipients return gowns and hoods while doctoral recipients return all regalia.
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.
Information for Guests with Disabilities/Handicapped Parking
Lot K, adjacent to the main tent, has been reserved for handicapped parking. Please mention your special needs to the public safety officer upon entering campus. Golf carts will offer assistance to guests with mobility limitations.
Videos and Graduate Photos
Graduates and guests may view a video replay of Saturday's graduate ceremony on demand via this website beginning May 20. A professional photography company, GradImages, will take individual photos of graduates as they are called onto the stage. Proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony and can be viewed here.
Einstein Bros Bagels, on the main floor of Gengras Student Union will be open 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Commencement Group/Commencement Flowers, 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. Place your advance order by visiting the Commencement Group website—please note you will be leaving the University of Hartford website.
The University of Hartford Campus Store will be open extended hours during Commencement Weekend for the convenience of graduates and their guests. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Smoking on Campus
Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings and within 20 feet of doorways. Outdoors, smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of tents and seating areas. The entire Harry Jack Gray Center quad area is smoke free. Thank you for your cooperation.