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Graduate Ceremony

Saturday, May 20, 2017  •  10 a.m. 

Campus Green


Traffic Advisory: The town of West Hartford has announced that North Main Street will be closed to traffic on Saturday, May 20, from 7 a.m.–5 p.m., for work on a water main in the area. North Main Street will be open to local traffic only and all others will be detoured to Trout Brook Drive.

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. on the Campus Green (the large lawn area at the center of the academic buildings and student union). This ceremony will include the awarding of degrees for all graduate degree candidates and the hooding of all students receiving doctoral degrees. Students will walk across the main stage as their names are announced and shake the hand of the president, provost, and dean of their school or college. Diplomas will be sent to each graduate’s permanent address within 14 days of the ceremony.

A simulcast of the ceremony will be shown in Suisman Lounge in Gengras Student Union. The ceremony will also be streamed live online. 

Students should report for lineup no later than 9:30 a.m. Graduates will line up behind the main Commencement tent (the side facing Mortensen Library). In the event of inclement weather, there will be no processional, and graduates will be seated in proper order (inside the tent) by school marshals upon arrival.

Caps and Gowns

Cap and gown ordering

Caps and gowns will be distributed in Konover Campus Center during the following times:

  • Thursday, May 11: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21: 8 a.m.–start of undergraduate ceremony

Women do not remove their caps at any time during the ceremony. Men remove and replace their caps whenever President Harrison does. Graduate candidates wear tassels forward and to the left. A tassel is provided with your cap and gown free of charge. Souvenir tassels (not to be worn) are available for $7 at the time you pick up your cap and gown. Gowns and hoods are to be returned to at a designated tent at the main site (adjacent to the west entrance to Gengras Student Union by the ID office). Doctoral recipients 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.

Tickets are not required to attend the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Formal announcements can be customized and ordered through Jostens.

Public Transportation
The University of Hartford campus is served by CT fastrak with hourly stops at the bus stop near the entrance to campus. Saturday schedule  Local bus service is available on Saturday to and from downtown Hartford and Bloomfield Center via CT Transit's Route 56. schedule

Reception for Graduate Students
Graduates and their immediate families are invited to attend a graduation reception in Gengras Student Union immediately following the ceremony.

Graduates may view a video replay of the 2017 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on demand via this website beginning May 26. A professional photography company, GradImages, will take individual photos of graduates coming up on stage. Proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony and can be viewed here.

Einstein Bros Bagels, on the main floor of Gengras Student Union, will be open from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Commencement Group, a company authorized by the University of Hartford, provides UHart graduates and guests the convenience of purchasing bouquets on campus during Commencement Weekend. Flowers may be purchased at two separate locations at the ceremony site or can be ordered in advance and picked up at these same locations. Place your advance order by visiting the Commencement Group website—please note you will be leaving the University of Hartford website.

Smoking on Campus
Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings and within 20 feet of doorways. Outdoors, smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of tents and seating areas. The entire Harry Jack Gray Center quad area is smoke free. Thank you for your cooperation.