Classes of 2020 & 2021

Commencement Quick Facts

Date: May 15 and 16

Times: See ceremony breakdown

Location: XL Center in downtown Hartford

Questions: Email the Commencement Committee

Program: View/download

Livestream: Watch it live!


Congratulations, graduates. We’re excited to celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at our in-person Commencement ceremonies this weekend at the XL Center in downtown Hartford!

Graduates and guests may arrive up to one hour prior to their ceremony start time. Graduates, please allow time to check in, get your regalia if needed, and be guided to your seats.

All guests and students will enter through the main entrance of the XL Center. Students will be guided to the student check-in area and guests will show their tickets and be guided to their seats. Graduating students do not need a ticket. There will be plenty of staff and signs to guide you.

More information regarding Commencement can be found on our FAQ page.


  • Livestream: A livestream of each Commencement ceremony during the weekend is available. You do not need to sign up in advance to view. Just click on the link located on this Commencement website. Ceremonies will also be recorded for on-demand viewing at your convenience following Commencement WeekendThe names of all graduating students will be read, regardless of whether they are celebrating in person or at home.

  • Commencement Program: A digital version of the official Commencement program for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 is now available to view or download. Those graduates who are not able to participate in person during Commencement Weekend may request a print copy of the Commencement program.

Information for Graduates

Upcoming Ceremonies: May 2021

Get all the details about our five Commencement ceremonies on May 15–16. We'll share information about how to get tickets, event logistics, and frequently asked questions.

Commencement Details
Preparing for Graduation

Before you can walk across the stage, you need to make sure you've completed all the necessary steps for graduation.

See Next Steps
Commencement FAQ

Plans have changed a few times, and we recognize you may have questions. Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions—if you still have questions, contact the Commencement Committee.

Get Your Questions Answered

May 2021 Commencement Participants

Graduates have been allotted up to two tickets each for their guests. The tickets were emailed to each student directly from the XL Center to the address indicated on the response form—and are valid for the specified ceremony only. Please be sure to print or save your tickets somewhere they won’t be lost.

Due to logistical requirements in setting up our Commencement exercises to comply with current COVID-19 safety guidelines, we are, unfortunately, unable to accept any additional participants after May 7. We invite you to participate virtually as all five ceremonies during Commencement Weekend will be livestreamed. They will also be available for on-demand viewing throughout the summer.

Senior Portraits

Seniors who are currently studying remotely or who are not participating in the spring portrait sessions on campus may submit their photos using the Senior Portrait Submission Form. The deadline is June 1.

Graduate Yard Signs

UHart graduation yard signs can be ordered through University Print Services. The $25 cost includes shipping.

Unique Scholarship Opportunity

Forward Scholarship for Recent Graduates

The University of Hartford launched a new scholarship program to help recent UHart graduates navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forward Scholarship will provide a scholarship for up to half tuition to all qualifying members of the UHart Class of 2020, and extended to pending graduates for September 2021, who wish to pursue certain graduate degree programs at the University. Learn more at Forward Scholarship.

Graduate Move-out Info

Residential Students

Students participating in the 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies on Saturday will need to move out of campus housing by 8 p.m. that evening. Those participating in the Saturday 7:30 p.m. ceremony or either ceremony on Sunday must be moved out by 8 p.m. Sunday evening.

Questions? Contact Us.

Questions about any aspect of Commencement 2021? Email us at