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The 2019 Fall Commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Lincoln Theater.

Live webcast (begins at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Sunday)

Graduate Ceremony

10:30 a.m.

Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 9:15 a.m. 

Undergraduate Ceremony

2:30 p.m.

Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 1 p.m. 

Ticket Information

The ceremonies are ticketed. Graduates who requested tickets can pick them up at the Lincoln Theater Box Office from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you are unable to pick them up on campus during these days, email here to make alternate arrangements. Those who asked for additional tickets beyond the maximum of five will be notified by email the week prior to Commencement if their supplemental request can be honored.

Live Webcast

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

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 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. Parking for graduates and guests with disabilities or mobility limitations will be available in Lot F, adjacent to Lincoln Theater.


A sign language interpreter will be available at both ceremonies. Please email us or call 860.768.4260 a minimum of one week in advance if you wish to arrange for seating near the interpreter. 

Severe Weather

Commencement will not be held under severe weather conditions. In the event of a significant winter storm, 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 canceled, 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. 

Diploma Information

Fall Commencement participants include September 2019 graduates and January 2020 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. 


Alumnus Mark Boxer ’83 will address the graduate students. He is executive vice president and global chief information officer at Cigna. He is responsible for driving Cigna’s worldwide technology strategy and overseeing the health company's technology operations, digital capabilities, analytics, and ventures. Boxer earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Hartford, and in 2013, was awarded the UHart Alumni Association's highest honor for distinguished alumni, an Anchor Award.

Alumna Christiana Lang ’12 will address undergraduate students. She is an activist who has worked in six countries since graduation in a range of areas at the grassroots, local, state, federal, and international levels.. While an undergraduate, she was captain of the women’s soccer team and a double major in politics & government and sociology. She was awarded an Anchor Award in 2019.


Friends and family should remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images®. There is no obligation to purchase. Graduates who register online prior to Dec. 8 at will receive a coupon for 20 percent off of their entire order.

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 the area months later for Commencement in May. Seeking to provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their hard work and academic accomplishments, a Fall Commencement ceremony was introduced in 1996. In 2016, based on the growing number of students wishing to participate, Fall Commencement was split into  two separate ceremonies, one for graduate students in the morning and a second for undergraduates in the afternoon. The day honors both September degree recipients and those who are scheduled to receive degrees in January. Despite its presence on the first Sunday each December, Fall Commencement has never been delayed or canceled due to weather in its 20-plus-year history.