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
The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 16, 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.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns will be distributed on the third floor of Gengras Student Union (rooms 331 and 333) during the following times:
Thursday, May 14: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 15: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: 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 to keep is provided with each cap and gown. Degree-specific souvenir tassels may be purchased at the time of cap-and-gown pickup for $5 each, cash only. 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. Personalized announcements, approved by the University, can be ordered via Jostens.
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 from 7:30–11:30 a.m.
Flowers will be available for purchase at the main site and can be ordered in advance for pickup during Commencement Weekend.
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.
Parking and Assistance for Guests with Special Needs
Lot K, adjacent to the main tent, has been designated as a handicapped parking area. Please mention your special needs to the public safety officer upon entering campus.
Golf carts are available to help those guests with mobility limitations. The dispatch area will be adjacent to the handicapped parking lot (K-Visitor). You may also visit either of the two information tents located in front of Gengras Student Union, to request cart assistance.
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.