Sunday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.
Time and Place
The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 6, 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 are given up to three 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
Candidates must order their caps and gowns online during the month of October. Caps and gowns may be picked up in Konover Campus Center Room 109 on Friday, Dec. 4, from 1–7 p.m., or on Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. Graduates' caps and gowns are rented and must be returned. A standard tassel is provided with the cap and gown.
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. Several ordering options are available, but there is no obligation to purchase.
Special Arrangements for Guests with Disabilities
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 website 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 2015 graduates and January 2016 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.