The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 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.
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
Online ordering of cap and gown ended on April 7. See late-ordering instructions.
Pickup of caps and gowns in advance is highly recommended on the following days in Konover Campus Center:
Thursday, May 10: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, May 11: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
If you are unable to pick up cap and gown at the above times, you may the morning of the ceremony, also in Konover Campus Center:
Saturday, May 19: 8 a.m.–start of ceremony
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.
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.
A sign language interpreter will be present at the ceremony. Please email us or call 860.768.4260 a minimum of 10 days in advance if you wish to arrange for seating near the interpreter.
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 preordered online.
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.