Sunday, December 2, 2:30 p.m.
Those wishing to order a DVD of the December 2 Fall Commencement Ceremony should contact the University of Hartford TV studio at 860.768.4776.
Please note that, due to the ongoing bridge replacement project on campus, general parking for the Fall Commencement Ceremony will be in Lot B (the first lot on the left after you enter campus at the traffic light off Bloomfield Avenue). Student guides will be positioned along the walking route from Lot B to Lincoln Theater to direct guests. Shuttle bus service will also be available. Parking for the handicapped and those with special needs will be in Lot F.
Time and Place
The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 2, in Lincoln Theater. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the seating of guests. Graduating students must report to the Great Room in Konover Campus Center by 1 p.m.
Participating graduates are limited to four tickets each. Those without tickets will be able to view the ceremony on a large screen in the Konover Campus Center Great Room, located steps away from Lincoln Theater.
The University of Hartford is pleased to offer a live webcast of the ceremony for those unable to attend in person.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns may be picked up in Konover Campus Center on the following dates and times: Friday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Graduates' caps and gowns are rented and must be returned. Those wishing to purchase a cap and gown should contact the Herff Jones Company directly at 860.673.-8806 or order online via the Herff-Jones website. A standard tassel is provided with the cap and gown. Graduates may purchase degree-specific tassels at the cap and gown pickup site. No honors cords will be available.
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. Register to receive your Legacy Medal by Wednesday, Nov. 28. Legacy Medals can be picked up on Sunday, December 2, beginning at 1 p.m. inside Konover Campus Center. For questions or additional information, please contact Stefania Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.768.2429.
Photographs and Videos
Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images. Each graduate should receive a proof in the mail in the weeks following the ceremony. Several ordering options are available, but there is no obligation to purchase. Videos may be ordered from the University of Hartford TV studio. Call 860.768.4776 for pricing and further details.
Special Arrangements for Disabled Guests
Lincoln Theater has handicapped parking near its front entrance. Please state any special needs to a public safety officer upon your arrival on campus.
Flowers will be available for purchase near the ceremony site.
Commencement will not be held under severe storm conditions. If the weather is inclement, the University of Hartford Web site will display an advisory beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. with updates Sunday morning. Those without Internet access can call 860.768.4100. If the event is cancelled, it will not be rescheduled.
The Alumni Association sponsors a reception for graduates and guests in the Great Room of Konover Campus Center immediately following the ceremony.
Fall Commencement participants include September 2012 graduates and January 2013 applicants for graduation. Diplomas are mailed to the candidates following their actual graduation dates. The Commencement program lists the names of both September graduates and January candidates participating in the ceremony.
Ceremony Purpose and History
Students finish their degree requirements at different times during the year, and some who complete their studies in September or January, especially international students, find it very difficult to return to campus months later for Commencement in May. Seeking to provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their hard work and academic accomplishments, the Fall Commencement Ceremony was introduced in 1996. It is for both September degree recipients and those who are scheduled to receive degrees in January.