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Fall Commencement

Time and Place
The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 4, in Lincoln Theater.
Graduate Ceremony, 10:30 a.m. (master's/doctoral)
Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 9 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. (bachelor's/associate)
Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 1 p.m.


Ticket Information
Participating graduates will be given five tickets each. 

Live Webcast

The University of Hartford will offer a live webcast of the ceremony for those unable to attend in person. VIEW

Caps and Gowns
If you did not order your cap and gown online for the Fall Commencement Ceremony (the deadline was Oct. 28), please e-mail the Commencement Office at Include your first and last name, student ID number, school, and degree, and note that you are requesting a late cap-and-gown order. If you have not applied to graduate, you need to go to your school’s evaluator and complete a degree application before requesting a cap and gown.

Caps and gowns may be picked up in Konover Campus Center Room 109 on Friday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. 

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.

Parking and Shuttle Transportation
Parking in Lot F, adjacent to Lincoln Theater, is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Satellite parking with continuous shuttle service to and from Lincoln Theater will be available in Lot B. Please watch for signage as you enter campus that will direct you into available parking areas.

Flowers will be available for purchase near the ceremony site.

Severe Weather
Commencement will not be held under severe storm conditions. If the weather is inclement, the University of Hartford website will display an advisory beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. with updates Sunday morning. Those without online access can call 860.768.4100. If the event is cancelled, it will not be rescheduled.

Food Service on Campus
Brunch will be available (cash, credit, HawkCard) beginning at 11 a.m. in University Commons. The Village Market, a convenience grocery store in Konover Campus Center, will open at 11 a.m. Starbucks at Goodwin Café, located in Mortensen Library, will be open after 2 p.m. 

The Alumni Association sponsors a reception for graduates and guests in the Great Room of Konover Campus Center immediately following each ceremony.

Diploma Information

Fall Commencement participants include September 2016 graduates and January 2017 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.

Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images®, which offers several ordering options. Your proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800.261.2576 or

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.