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Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 17  •  10 a.m. 

University Green (main ceremony) 

VIEW LIVE WEBCAST  (Sunday, 10 a.m.)

followed by diploma presentations at separate sites  

Graduates 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, as graduates will be seated inside the tent upon arrival.

The Commencement for Undergraduate Programs will be held on Sunday, May 17, beginning with the main ceremony at 10 a.m. on the University Green (the large lawn area at the center of the academic buildings and student union). Following the main ceremony, graduates and guests will proceed to separate sites across campus for school and college diploma presentations.  Map

Diploma Presentation Sites

•  College of Arts and Sciences: Sports Center *

•  Barney School of Business: Gray Center courtyard tent 

•  College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions: Main site (large tent)

•  College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture: Auerbach Hall lawn tent *

•  Hartford Art School: Art School courtyard (if significant rain, Gengras cafeteria)

•  The Hartt School: Lincoln Theater *

•  Hillyer College: Millard Auditorium

•  University Studies: Gengras Cafeteria (if significant rain, Wilde Auditorium)

* indicates locations showing a simulcast of the main ceremony 

All diploma-presentation sites are within walking distance from the main site. For those desiring shuttle transportation to the most distant sites, handicap-accessible buses will board in front of the Hartford Art School (for those headed to the Sports Center) and in the circle in front of the Fuller Music Center (for those going to Lincoln Theater).

A simulcast of the main ceremony will be shown in the following locations: the large tent on the Auerbach Hall lawn, the Sports Center, and Lincoln Theater (ticketed Hartt School guests only). Guests who wish to bypass the main ceremony and settle in early at diploma presentation sites should consider these options. Vehicles will be restricted from traveling on campus roads between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Additional indoor viewing areas are Mali Auditorium (off the Dana Hall lobby) and Suisman Lounge on the main floor of Gengras Student Union. In the event of inclement weather, additional classrooms on the main floors of Hillyer Hall and Dana Hall will also be open for simulcast viewing of the main ceremony. 

The main ceremony will be streamed live via this website.

Speaker, honorary degree information

Caps and Gowns

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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 3 p.m.       
Sunday, May 17: 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. Undergraduate candidates wear tassels forward and to the right. A standard tassel to keep is provided with your cap and gown. Degree-specific souvenir tassels may be purchased at the time of cap-and-gown pickup for $5 each, cash only. Honors cords may be purchased for $10 each. Gowns are to be returned to a designated area at each diploma presentation site at the conclusion of the ceremonies (caps can be kept).

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 Commencement, with the exception of The Hartt School’s diploma presentation ceremony in Lincoln Theater. Personalized announcements, approved by the University, can be ordered via Jostens.

Parking and Assistance for our 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. For those requiring shuttle transportation from the main site to the Arts and Sciences and Hartt diploma-presentation ceremonies, wheelchair-accessible buses will board in front of the Hartford Art School (for those headed to the Sports Center) and in the circle in front of the Fuller Music Center (for those going to Lincoln Theater). 

This wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service will travel between parking areas, the main Commencement site, and diploma presentation ceremonies at Lincoln Theater and the Sports Center. Golf carts offer additional assistance to transport guests with mobility limitations around the main commencement site, to adjacent diploma presentation areas, and to shuttle bus stops. The dispatch area will be next to the handicapped parking area (K-Visitor Lot). You may also visit the information tents located in front of Gengras Student Union to request cart assistance.

Residence Halls
Residence Halls will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

Any undergraduate student with pending judicial charges, including those stemming from inappropriate behavior during Senior Week, will not be allowed to participate in Commencement or to receive his or her diploma. It is also possible that students who did not file their degree applications on time may not receive a diploma on Commencement Day. Diplomas are withheld if a student has not satisfied all of the academic requirements of his/her degree or if a student has a Bursar’s restriction. In both cases, students will be allowed to attend the ceremony, but will receive blank diploma covers. Graduates not attending Commencement should call 860.768.4517 (or 768.4969) and arrange to pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office the following week. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Diplomas not picked up by June 1 will be sent via certified mail to the address provided on the degree application.

Reception for the Class of 2015
Graduating members of the Class of 2015 and their immediate families are invited to attend a graduation reception, hosted by the Alumni Association. It will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the North and South Cafeterias, located in the Gengras Student Union. Graduates will be welcomed into the Alumni Association and will have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. Please register here.

A food concession tent will be open at the main site from 8:30 a.m. to the end of the main ceremony. Einstein Bros Bagels, on the main floor of Gengras Student Union, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.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.

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.