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Graduate Ceremony

Saturday, May 14  •  10 a.m. 

University Green (main ceremony) 

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

Online ordering of caps and gowns will begin on March 1.

Caps and gowns will be distributed prior to Commencement. The specific days and times will be announced in March and posted here.

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. Caps and gowns are to be returned to a designated area at each site. All students with hoods are reminded to return them at the same time. 

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.

Einstein Bros Bagels, on the main floor of Gengras Student Union will be open throughout the ceremony.

Flowers will be available for purchase at the main site.

The University of Hartford bookstore 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.–4 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.