Frequently Asked Questions
Who participates in the Fall Commencement ceremonies?
Fall Commencement participants include September 2022 graduates and January 2023 applicants for graduation. The Commencement program lists the names of both September graduates and January candidates participating in the ceremony.
When and where are the ceremonies?
Ceremony start times will be:
Master's degree recipients
Doctoral degree recipients
Undergraduate degree recipients
Both Commencement ceremonies will take place on Sunday, December 4 at Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus.
How long are the ceremonies expected to last?
Each ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour.
Will there be a livestream of the ceremony?
A livestream of each ceremony will be available for viewing on the Commencement website. The link will go live on December 4.
Are graduating students limited in the number of guests they can invite?
Graduating students will each receive five tickets to give to their family and friends. No extra tickets will be available.
Is there any cost for guests to attend Commencement?
No, there is no charge for guests to attend either Commencement ceremony.
Will I be able to take a photo of my student walking across the stage?
Guests will need to take any photos from their seats; going closer to the stage or student seating area will not be permitted. There will be a professional photographer taking photos of all graduating students, and you will have the option to purchase those pictures.
How do I find the photos that will be taken at Commencement?
Photographs will be taken by a professional photography company, GradImages, and proofs will be emailed to students at their UHart email addresses. You may also search for your photos online —please allow a week following the ceremonies for photos to be posted. If you have questions about your photos, please reach out to GradImages directly.
How did Fall Commencement come about and what is its 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 25-year history.
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