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Fall Commencement

The 2018 Fall Commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Lincoln Theater.


Graduate Ceremony, 10:30 a.m. (master's/doctoral) 
Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 9:15 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. (bachelor's/associate)   
Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 1 p.m.

Ticket Information
The ceremonies are ticketed. Each graduate was allotted five tickets.

Live Webcast
The University of Hartford will offer a live webcast of each ceremony for those unable to attend in person.   VIEW LIVE WEBCAST

Caps and Gowns
late cap-and-gown ordering instructions
Caps and gowns may be picked up in Konover Campus Center Room 109 on Friday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. Academic attire must be returned following the ceremony as follows: undergraduates return gowns (caps may be kept), master's recipients return gowns and hoods, and doctoral students return all regalia.

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 for graduates and guests in Lot B. Please watch for signage as you enter campus that will direct you into available parking areas. Parking for those 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.

Flowers will be available for purchase near the ceremony site.

Severe Weather
Commencement will not be held under severe storm conditions. If the weather is inclement, 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. 

Graduates and guests are invited to a reception in the Great Room of Konover Campus Center immediately following each ceremony.

Diploma Information

Fall Commencement participants include September 2018 graduates and January 2019 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.

Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images®, which offers several ordering options. Your proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800.261.2576 or

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 campus 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.