Preparing for Graduation

Upcoming Ceremony

Commencement 2024: Sunday, May 12, at XL Center, downtown Hartford

Congratulations! We can't wait to celebrate your achievements.

Before we celebrate at Commencement, there are a few steps you need to take. 

Steps to Commencement


Application Process

Applications are available through Self-Service by clicking on Student Main Menu, Student Academic Records, and Graduation Application. Please be sure to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire when submitting your application to complete the process. Once submitted, your evaluator will review it and if approved, it will be sent to the Registrar’s office. (Please do not contact the Registrar to check on receipt or status of your degree application but instead check with your school/college evaluator.)

Be sure to check the Commencement website regularly for updates regarding the May 2024 ceremonies. 

Questions or concerns? Please email

There are three graduation periods each academic year:

  • September
  • January
  • May

Deadline dates for filing your degree application are in July, October, and February, respectively. Please note that May degree recipients who do not file their degree application by the deadline date may not have their name listed in the Commencement program.

Commencement ceremonies are held in May with all degree recipients from that academic year (September, January, May) eligible to participate. 

Application Fees

There is a fee for graduate students and part-time undergraduate students of $208, which is payable at the time the degree application is submitted. The fee for applications received after the filing deadline is $225.

If the degree candidate has paid the fee and does not graduate at the end of the initial semester of eligibility, the fee will be held and credited as payment for graduation during either of the following two consecutive semesters, including the summer session. If the candidate has not completed degree requirements during this time period, no refund will be granted. The candidate will need to file a new degree application, and a new fee will be charged.

Late Submissions

Students who submit their degree applications late may be omitted from the Commencement program, may have delays in the delivery of their diplomas, and may be unable to obtain a cap and gown for Commencement.

Hartford Art School

Mark Snyder
Rose Blumenfeld 

College of Arts and Sciences

Emily Scott
Emily Flanagan

Barney School of Business

Dawn Zumbroski—undergraduates  
Laura D’Angelo-Gohn—master's degrees
Cynthia Waters—master's degrees: Cigna MBA cohort program

Hillyer College

Marjorie Jackson
Emily Scott

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Melissa Trinks

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Laurie Granstrand
Susan Aliberti

The Hartt School

Barbara Johnson
Rose Blumenfeld

University Studies

Kellie Westenfeld

For further information
, email Trudy McCoy.