Sunday, December 8, 2:30 p.m.
Time and Place
The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 8, in Lincoln Theater. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the seating of guests. Graduating students are advised to report to Konover Campus Center by 12:30 p.m.
Participating graduates were given up to four tickets each. No additional tickets are available. 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. In addition, the ceremony will be streamed live online.
The University of Hartford will 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 Room 109 on Friday, Dec. 6, from 1–7 p.m., or on Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. Graduates' caps and gowns are rented and must be returned. You may rent your cap and gown; 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. Those wishing to purchase a cap and gown should contact the Herff Jones Company directly at 860.673.8806.
Education activist Elizabeth Horton Sheff will receive an honorary degree and be the featured speaker at this year’s Fall Commencement. Sheff is best known for her landmark civil rights lawsuit known as Sheff vs. O’Neill, which challenged inequities in the quality of education provided in Hartford public schools compared to the surrounding suburbs. The lawsuit begun to address the inequities through new magnet schools and other education reforms. As a community organizer and former Hartford city council member, she has championed many other causes, including fighting for people in public housing, championing civic involvement and literacy, and founding a program to support grandparents raising their grandchildren.
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.
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.
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 2013 graduates and January 2014 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.