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Important Updates

Cap and gown

Diploma and transcript

Forward Scholarship

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December Ceremonies Postponed

With the COVID-19 pandemic still active and unpredictable, and with the latest round of state guidelines prohibiting large gatherings, we will not be able to hold our 2020 Commencement ceremony at the XL Center on Dec. 15. The Dec. 6 ceremony recognizing our doctoral recipients has also been postponed.

It is our sincere hope that conditions will be significantly different come the spring to allow us to hold our May 15, 2021, ceremony in person and bring together those who would have been recognized in May 2020 with graduates from December 2020 and May 2021.

Watch our video tribute to the Class of 2020

Important Updates for Graduates

May 2021 Commencement

Conditions permitting, Commencement 2021 will take place on Saturday, May 15, at the XL Center in downtown Hartford.

Cap and Gown 

Even without formal ceremonies taking place at the present time, we encourage graduates to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends—and take plenty of photos in cap and gown. Those who were planning to participate in December and who previously ordered their regalia will have it shipped to the address indicated. Those 2020 graduates who did not previously order their cap and gown may order online through Dec. 31. These orders will be shipped free of charge to your home address beginning Dec. 1.

If you graduated with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, you are eligible to purchase an honor cord to wear with your cap and gown and have as a keepsake. To purchase your honor cord, please email Jeff Quirk at, who will confirm eligibility and process your order.

For cancellation or information relating to an existing order, please call Herff Jones College customer service at 800.837.4235.


Students who earned their degrees during the September 2020 award period will receive their diplomas in the mail prior to December. January 2021 applicants will formally earn their degrees that month and will receive their diplomas in the mail beginning during the month of March. An unofficial transcript will be included.

If you need to verify completion of your degree for employment, advanced study, or any other reason prior to receiving your unofficial transcript, please email If you need to order an official transcript, you may do so online at

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 here.


Questions about any aspect of Commencement 2020? Email us at