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Preparing for Graduation

Upcoming Ceremony

Commencement 2021: May 15, XL Center in downtown Hartford (conditions permitting)

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

Step 1: File a Degree Application

Application Process

When you are nearing completion of your program, you need to file a degree application with the Registrar’s Office in order to graduate. Paper degree application forms are available from your school evaluator.  A fillable electronic version is available here Degree Application.

Once you have completed all sections of the application, submit it to your school/college evaluator for approval (see below for a listing of school/college evaluators). After the degree application has been signed by the evaluator, it must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office. The evaluator may send it to this office. 

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.
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.

Step 2: Contact Your School/College Evaluator

Hartford Art School

Robert Calafiore

College of Arts and Sciences

Ryan Allen

Barney School of Business

Amber Connelly—undergraduates
Christina Lapierre—MBA/MSAT
Dawn Zumbroski—MSBA
Laura D'Angelo-Gohn—MSM

Hillyer College


College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Katy Lather

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Janice Girouard—undergraduates
Laurie Granstrand—master's degrees

The Hartt School

University Studies

Rob Toller—University/Paralegal/ Liberal Studies

For further information, contact Amy Creaco at 860.768.4517 or Trudy McCoy at 860.768.4969.

Step 3: Order Your 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.