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The 2019 Fall Commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Lincoln Theater.

Graduate Ceremony

10:30 a.m.

Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 9:15 a.m. 

Undergraduate Ceremony

2:30 p.m.

Graduating students should report to Konover Campus Center for robing and lineup by 1 p.m. 

Ticket Information

The ceremonies are ticketed. Each graduate was allotted five tickets. 

Live Webcast

The University of Hartford will offer a live webcast of each ceremony for those unable to attend in person. 

Cap and Gown 

Online ordering will begin in October.

Planning for your Commencement 

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. 

Parking and Shuttle Transportation

Parking with continuous shuttle service to and from Lincoln Theater will be available in Lot B. Please watch for signage as you enter campus that will direct you into available parking areas. Parking for graduates and guests with disabilities or mobility limitations will be available in Lot F, adjacent to Lincoln Theater.


A sign language interpreter will be available at both ceremonies. Please email us or call 860.768.4260 a minimum of one week in advance if you wish to arrange for seating near the interpreter. 

Severe Weather

Commencement will not be held under severe storm conditions. If the weather is inclement, the University of Hartford website will display an advisory beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. with updates Sunday morning. Those without online access can call 860.768.4100. If the event is canceled, it will not be rescheduled. 

Food Service on Campus

Brunch will be available (cash, credit, HawkCard) beginning at 11 a.m. in University Commons. The Village Market, a convenience grocery store in Konover Campus Center, will open at 11 a.m. Starbucks at Goodwin Café, located in Mortensen Library, will be open after 2 p.m. 

Diploma Information

Fall Commencement participants include September 2019 graduates and January 2020 applicants for graduation. Diplomas are mailed to the candidates following their actual graduation dates. The Commencement program lists the names of both September graduates and January candidates participating in the ceremony. 


Graduates are photographed by a professional studio, Grad Images®, which offers several ordering options. Your proofs will be available as early as 48 hours after the ceremony. 

Ceremony Purpose and History

Students finish their degree requirements at different times during the year, and some who complete their studies in September or January, especially international students, find it very difficult to return to the area months later for Commencement in May. Seeking to provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their hard work and academic accomplishments, a Fall Commencement ceremony was introduced in 1996. In 2016, based on the growing number of students wishing to participate, Fall Commencement was split into  two separate ceremonies, one for graduate students in the morning and a second for undergraduates in the afternoon. The day honors both September degree recipients and those who are scheduled to receive degrees in January. Despite its presence on the first Sunday each December, Fall Commencement has never been delayed or canceled due to weather in its 20-plus-year history.