The Commencement for Undergraduate Programs will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, 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.
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.
2016 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, 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 at certain times.
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.
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 during the following times during Commencement Weekend:
Saturday, May 14: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 15: 8 a.m. to start of undergraduate 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 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. 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.
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. For those requiring shuttle transportation from the main site to the Arts and Sciences and Hartt diploma-presentation ceremonies, 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). Golf carts will offer additional assistance to transport guests with mobility limitations.
Residence Halls will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
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 May 30 will be sent via certified mail to the address provided on the degree application.
Reception for the Class of 2016
Graduating members of the Class of 2016 and their immediate families are invited to attend a graduation reception, hosted by the Alumni Association. It will be held on Saturday, May 14, 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.
Videos and Graduate Photos
Graduates may view a video replay of Sunday's main ceremony on demand via this website beginning May 20. A professional photography company, GradImages, will take individual photos of graduates at the following diploma presentation ceremonies: College of Arts and Sciences; Barney School of Business; College of Education. Nursing and Health Professions; College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; and The Hartt School. Proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony and can be viewed here.
A food concession tent will open at the main site at 8 a.m. Einstein Bros Bagels, on the main floor of Gengras Student Union, will be open 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Starbucks, located in the Goodwin Cafe in Mortensen Library, will be open 8 a.m.–1 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.