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Celebrating 60 Years-Highlights of Our Sixth Decade

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The University of Hartford began its 60th year on February 21, 2017 with a “Where’s Walt” scavenger hunt and birthday cake in the Commons. On this page, we’re sharing photos and a video about the day as well as some interesting and exciting University accomplishments that happened from 2007 to 2017. It’s not a comprehensive list but it is sure to spark some memories.

In the first two weeks of our 60th year, we are adding one year per day.

You can read a brief University history here and watch videos from our 50th anniversary here



Women’s Basketball Player Alyssa Englert A Winner at the Final Four

April 6 – Alyssa Englert ’14, one of our Hartford Hawks women’s basketball players, made it all the way to the Final Four in Nashville. No, she wasn’t playing for UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, or Maryland but, rather, she was honored for her good work as a volunteer in our community.  Read More


Joe Torre Receives Honorary Degree and speaks at commencement

May 18 – In his Commencement address to nearly 1,100 undergraduate students in the University of Hartford’s Class of 2014, baseball legend Joe Torre focused more on overcoming adversity than celebrating success.  Read More


A Record 51 Students Graduate From University Honors Program

May 18 – The number of students graduating with University Honors has been steadily rising in recent years, and this year students set another new record.  Read More


Pitcher Sean Newcomb selected in first round of MLB draft

June 5 – Hartford Hawks junior lefthander Sean Newcomb was selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. The first-year player draft was televised live on the MLB Network and   Read More


Renovated Commons, Bates House, and Campus Store open

Aug. 25 – With sleek, stainless steel food stations, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, modern lighting fixtures, and soothing gray walls, the Commons dining hall has been so completely transformed this summer that students may not recognize it.  Read More


Empowering change, a weeklong campus celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Sept. 15 – Empowering Change,” a landmark, week-long initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act, will offer an array of programs and observances during the week of Sept. 14–22 to encourage reflection, dialogue, and action in civil rights and social change.
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Acclaimed Ballerina Misty Copeland teaches master class and receives honorary degree

Nov. 3 – When the eight Hartt School dance students in Hilda Morales’s “Level 3 Variations” class look back on their college careers, Nov. 3, 2014, is certain to be among the highlights.  Read More