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May 2021 Ceremony

Saturday, May 15

Conditions permitting, our May 2021 Commencement ceremony will bring together those who would have been recognized in May 2020 with our graduates from December 2020 and May 2021.

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Commencement Basics


Tickets are not issued or needed for Commencement. Seating location is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Parking is available throughout downtown Hartford via 45 parking lots and garages in addition to metered on-street parking (parking map). Multiple public transportation options are also available


Guests attending XL Center events are advised that bags, backpacks, luggage, coolers, parcels, briefcases, and like articles will be strictly prohibited from the facility. All guests will be subject to search, at the XL Center's discretion, of their person and/or possessions (including women's handbags of normal size which may be allowed entry after such search). Guests with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances to return items to their vehicle or dispose of the items. No storage or "check-in area" will be provided. Enforcement will be without exceptions. Graduates are advised that alcoholic beverages will not be allowed in the staging area. Anyone found to have alcohol on their person will not be allowed to participate in Commencement exercises. 

Accessibility and Accommodations

Individuals needing limited mobility or wheelchair-accessible seating for Commencement should arrive early to the XL Center. XL Center staff will be able to show the guest and one companion to an accessible seating section. XL Center staff will attempt to seat the rest of the party's guests as close to this section as possible. 

Photos and Flowers


Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images®, which offers several ordering options.


Flowers will be available for purchase at the Commencement 2020 ceremony at multiple areas in the concourse area.