The University of Hartford will be celebrating its 15th annual Fall Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. The University will be giving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Chase T. Rogers, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. The University will also be awarding 148 graduates with undergraduate and graduate degrees. President Walter Harrison will offer remarks to the graduates, their families, and friends.
Chase T. Rogers was appointed chief justice by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2007, and served as a Superior Court judge from 1998 to 2006. Her assignments included the child protection session in Middletown and serving as the presiding judge for juvenile matters in Bridgeport. Between 2001 and 2005, she was assigned to the Complex Litigation Docket in Stamford. From 2005 to 2006, she was presiding judge for civil matters in the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District. Rogers was appointed an Appellate Court judge in 2006, serving in that capacity until her current appointment to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
The University's Fall Commencement ceremony is for undergraduate and graduate students who complete their degree requirements in September or January but cannot attend the University's traditional Commencement ceremony in May. Fall Commencement was introduced in 1996 to provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their academic accomplishments.