Herald trumpeters play at Commencement in Gampel Pavilion with University of Connecticut seal in foreground

Celebrating You in 2021

The University of Connecticut is thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 with in-person Commencement ceremonies this May at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. We can’t wait to come together to celebrate your achievements.

The RSVP/Ticket portal for all ceremonies is now closed (Wed. May 5, 2021 - 9:00pm EST). Requests submitted after this date/time will not be honored.

The ceremonies will be held over a five-day period, May 8-12, and will be live-streamed.

Graduates from August 2019, December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 will participate in the two "Class of 2020" ceremonies. Graduates from December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 will participate in the seven "Class of 2021" ceremonies.

In addition, a virtual Commencement ceremony for all Class of 2021 graduates will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. EDT, streamed via YouTube, to bring the entire class together at once and officially confer degrees. We are pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will address graduates at the virtual ceremony.

 

Class of 2020 Commencement FAQs (Aug. '19, Dec. '19, May '20, Aug. '20)

Class of 2021 Commencement FAQs (Dec. '20, May '21, Aug. '21)

Contact

Commencement Office
2019 Hillside Road, Unit 1211
Storrs, CT 06269-1211
commencementoffice@uconn.edu

Ceremony Schedule

Parking lots at Rentschler Field will open two hours prior to each ceremony. There will be no tailgating or gatherings in parking lots permitted.

Doors to the stadium will open one hour prior to each ceremony.

Saturday, May 8

10 a.m.–noon Class of 2020 Ceremony 1*
1 p.m. Class of 2021 Virtual Ceremony (YouTube)
4–6 p.m. Class of 2021 Ceremony for Doctoral, Pharm. D, Pharmacy B.S., Law, and UConn Health graduates


Sunday, May 9

10 a.m.–noon Class of 2021 Ceremony 1 for CLAS undergraduates**
4–6 p.m. Class of 2021 Ceremony 2 for CLAS undergraduates**


Monday, May 10

10 a.m.–noon Class of 2021 Ceremony for Bachelor of General Studies, CAHNR/RHSA, Fine Arts, and Nursing undergraduates
4–6 p.m. Class of 2020 Ceremony 2*


Tuesday, May 11

10 a.m.–noon Class of 2021 Ceremony for Engineering undergraduates
4–6 p.m. Class of 2021 Ceremony for Business, Education, and Social Work undergraduates


Wednesday, May 12

10 a.m.–noon Class of 2021 Masters/6th Year Diploma Ceremony


*Class of 2020 graduates will be assigned to a Class of 2020 ceremony on a first-come, first-served basis. Please view the Commencement 2020 FAQ page for details.

**The CLAS ceremonies will be divided by majors. In the case of a candidate with dual majors both within CLAS, the candidate should attend the ceremony for their primary major. Please view the list of majors for each ceremony on the Commencement 2021 FAQ page.

Information for the Class of 2021

Visit Commencement 2021 Class of 2021 Commencement FAQs

Ceremonies: Due to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision has not yet been made with regard to in-person vs. virtual Commencement ceremonies for May 2021. More information will be shared here as soon as a decision is made and details are confirmed.

Commencement Program: The 2021 Commencement Program will be an electronic document available in early May as a pdf for you to download and save, print, and/or share with friends and family. Up to two (2) printed copies will be available upon request to each graduate in June 2021. A link to the request form will be placed here in late March for those seeking hard-copies.

Regalia: The regalia portal is currently open. Through the portal, you can order caps, gowns, and/or tassels. Starting on April 12, 2021, regalia will also be available for purchase at the Hartford and Storrs UConn Bookstore locations.


Information for the Class of 2020

Visit Commencement 2020 Class of 2020 Commencement FAQs

Commencement Program: The 2020 Commencement Program is available as a pdf for you to download and save, print, and/or share with friends and family. Please access the file here: 2020 Commencement Program.

Rescheduled In-Person Ceremony: Due to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 has not yet been rescheduled. More information will be shared here as soon as it is available.

Commencement FAQ

Ceremonies

Will UConn consider holding a virtual ceremony in May 2021?
A virtual ceremony is certainly being considered as are in-person ceremonies. As soon as a decision is made, information will be published here on the Commencement website.

 

Diplomas & Diploma Covers

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed ~8 weeks after the conferral date.

May 2020, August 2020, and December 2020 graduates have now received their diplomas and diploma covers. May 2021 graduates will receive their diplomas inside of covers ~8 weeks after May 9, 2021 which is consistent with prior years. Please be sure to verify the preferred mailing address on file in case it has changed.

 

Will May 2021 and August 2021 graduates receive diploma covers with their diplomas? Do I need to make a request to receive a cover or will it come automatically?
Diplomas for May 2021 and August 2021 graduates will be mailed inside of their covers. You do not need to reach out to make a request; they will automatically be included in the mailing with your diploma.

NOTE: Should there be in-person Commencement ceremonies in May 2021, diploma covers will not be distributed at the ceremonies.

 

I am an August 2019 or December 2019 graduate, how can I obtain a diploma cover?
Please send an e-mail to commencementoffice@uconn.edu with the subject line "Diploma Cover Request". Please include your full name, current mailing address, and type of degree received (Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral).

Program

Can I see a copy of the 2020 Commencement Program?
To view a copy of the 2020 Commencement Program, please click here. You can download and save the pdf file to your computer and print off copies (or individual pages), as desired.

 

Is it possible to view copies of older Commencement Programs? 
Yes, please visit the Commencement Programs page of the Connecticut Digital Archives. Copies of University of Connecticut Commencement Programs dating back to 1895 are available to view, save, print, and/or download.

Regalia

NOTICE: The regalia ordering portal is currently open.

I am interested in purchasing souvenir regalia but I do not want to pay S&H. Are any of the UConn Bookstores going to stock regalia this year?
Yes. Regalia will be available for purchase in the Hartford and Storrs locations starting on April 12, 2021.

 

I am interested in purchasing souvenir regalia for my own use (photos at home, videos, etc.). Can I still purchase a regalia package?
Yes. The regalia portal is currently open. Please visit the portal to place your order.

 

I would only like to purchase a tassel. Is there a way to do this?
Yes. Add the appropriate regalia package to your cart based on the degree you earned (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral).  Select "Complete Packages". Answer the questions on the "Products" page and click "Next". Select the desired tassel under the "Extra Tassel Year Date" and add it to your cart. Click "Next" to go to your "Cart" page. On that page, delete the "___ Degree Purchase" item from your cart by hitting the red X on the right-hand side of the price. This will leave only the extra tassel remaining in your cart. If you would like a "2019" or "2020" tassel charm, please leave this note in the "Regalia Special Notes" section on the "Cart" page. Click "Proceed to Checkout" to complete your order.

Senior Portraits/Yearbooks

Will I still receive a copy of the Nutmeg Yearbook?
Graduating fee-paying Storrs seniors receive a free copy of the yearbook automatically, and do not need to order a yearbook. The yearbooks are sent to the graduate’s permanent address as listed in Student Admin. The following graduates do NOT receive a free yearbook, because these populations do not pay the Storrs-based student activity fee that funds Nutmeg Publishing:

  • Regional campus graduates
  • Ratcliffe Hicks graduates
  • Non-Bachelor’s Degree (Masters, PhDs) graduates
  • Bachelor of General Studies graduates

 

When will I receive my copy of the Nutmeg Yearbook?
Yearbooks are on-track to be shipped in the fall.

     

    I have other questions related to Senior Portraits or the Nutmeg Yearbook. Who should I reach out to? 
    Please direct all questions related to Senior Portraits or the Nutmeg Yearbook to Nutmeg Publishing or Editor-in-Chief (Neal Krishna).