Commencement 2019


On behalf of The Graduate School at UConn, we want to say congratulations, and would love to help commemorate your amazing accomplishments at the University of Connecticut.

We invite you to participate in the commencement ceremony if:

  • You complete all the necessary requirements for a graduate degree (or a Sixth Year Diploma in Professional Education) during the summer of 2017 or fall 2018 conferral periods.
  • You plan to complete the necessary requirement by the end of the summer 2019.

If you have completed-or plan to complete-the necessary requirements during the spring or summer 2019 conferral periods, you must apply for your degree, within Student Administration/PeopleSoft, no later than March 1, 2019. Applying by this date insures your name in the Program. Applying after that date will allow you to attend, but you may not be included in the printing. Your name will be read during the ceremony whether or not you meet the deadline. After applying, you may continue with the process detailed below to prepare for the Ceremony.

If you plan to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, we urge you to complete and submit the RSVP as soon as possible.  This form will confirm that a seat will be reserved for you at the ceremony and that guest tickets will be available for you.

Academic Regalia

Regalia Requirements:

By participating in the Commencement ceremony, you are required to wear the appropriate cap, gown, and hood that correspond with the University of Connecticut graduate degree or sixth year diploma being conferred. Souvenir academic regalia is available from the UConn Bookstore.  The Bookstore must receive any order, to be shipped or mailed, for regalia by April 24th.  Souvenir regalia may also be purchased in the physical Bookstore.

Masters and sixth year diploma participants must wear their hoods throughout the ceremony.

Doctoral participants will be hooded by their major advisors or by the hooding marshals during the ceremony. The doctoral hood should be carried to the hooding station neatly folded over the candidate or recipient’s left arm.  There will be time with your advisor beforehand to practice.

Student Regalia Order Form
Faculty Regalia Rental Form

Participant Seating

  • Masters and Sixth Year Diploma candidates will meet in the field house at 12:15pm to get in line by school/college.
  • Doctoral candidates will meet in the Harriott Jorgensen Theater at 4pm to meet with their advisor and process.

Get Tickets

On the day of Commencement, guests may enter Gampel Pavilion or Jorgensen Theatre by ticket only.  Masters and sixth year diploma candidates get 7 tickets.  Doctoral candidates get 6 tickets.  Should you need more than that, please send an email to to request extras.  Otherwise, please only request the number of tickets that you need.

The deadline to receive tickets by mail or with a shipment of souvenir regalia is April 25, 2019.  No tickets will be issued to a graduate unless he or she has completed and submitted the RSVP online.

Receiving tickets by mail (Please be certain to specify the number of tickets that you are requesting and your mailing address)

If you are not able to come to the Storrs campus, you may request that the UConn Bookstore, in writing:

UConn Bookstore, Commencement Ticket Department

2075 Hillside Road, Unit 1019. Storrs, CT  06269-1019

Obtaining tickets with a shipment of Souvenir Regalia

You may request to receive your guest tickets with your souvenir regalia.  Please clearly indicate your number of tickets when you complete the order form, which must be received by the Bookstore by April 25th.  The UConn Bookstore will be open 9:00am to 5:00 pm on Commencement day.

Important Note

The University has designated both the University Foundation and the University of Connecticut Bookstore (“Bookstore”) as a School Official.  The University reserve the right to disclose a student’s personally identifiable information to the Foundation and the Bookstore in recognition that they are performing the legitimate educational interest of supplying educational resources necessary for the University to carry out its mission.

When and Where

Masters and Sixth Year Diploma Ceremony:

May 11, 2019

  • 1:30pm Gampel Pavilion (doors open at 12:30pm) Storrs Campus

Doctoral Ceremony:

May 13, 2019

  • Reception prior in the North Reading Room of Wilbur Cross Library (gold dome) 3:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Drinks, light food, and professional photographers
  • Ceremony in Jorgensen Auditorium 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:00pm) Storrs Campus


Parking in the Parking Garage is free, as is any other lot on the day of your ceremony.  Be sure to park in legitimate spaces and have handicapped passes for those spaces.

RSVP Here: