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

Commencement

Commencement at the University of Connecticut is a time of ceremony and pageantry, a time for marking academic achievements, and a time to begin the next step in life. Family and friends gather to witness the formal end to a student's college years; faculty, staff and trustees join in the tradition of conferring degrees; and students participate in an annual rite that marks their individual accomplishments.

Commencement 2020

The Class of 2020 was honored through a virtual ceremony held on May 9, 2020, which was viewed by more than 45,000 people, making it the largest commencement in University history! Visit the Commencement 2020 website to view the recording and learn more about the graduating class.

2020 Commencement Program

NOTE: The regalia portal has re-opened and will be available through December 31, 2020. Through the portal, you can order caps, gowns, and/or tassels.

Commencement FAQ

Ceremonies

Will UConn consider holding a virtual ceremony?
A virtual ceremony is posted to the Commencement 2020 website for graduates to view at their leisure.

 

Will the ceremonies be rescheduled and held in-person on campus at a later date?
At this time, circumstances will not permit us to hold an in-person ceremony as planned for October 2020. Read the announcement from President Katsouleas.

Diplomas & Diploma Covers

When will I receive my diploma? 
May 2020 graduates have now received their diplomas and diploma covers. August 2020 graduates will receive their diplomas inside of covers ~8 weeks after August 28, 2020 which is consistent with prior years. Please be sure to verify the preferred mailing address on file in case it has changed.

 

Will December 2020 graduates receive diploma covers with their diplomas?
Yes, diplomas for December 2020 graduates will be mailed inside of their covers.

 

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.

 

Can you send me a copy of the 2020 Commencement Program?
Yes. Please submit your request here. There is a limit of 4 programs per family.

Regalia

NOTICE: The regalia ordering portal has re-opened and will remain open until December 31, 2020.

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 has re-opened and will remain open through December 31, 2020. 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" tassel charm, please leave this note in the "Regalia Special Notes" section on the "Cart" page. Click "Proceed to Checkout" to complete your order.

 

I purchased my regalia online (in February or March 2020) and selected the “Ship to Home” option. What should I do to obtain a refund?

  • If the order has not shipped, the order can be canceled and a full refund will be issued.
  • If the order has shipped, DO NOT OPEN THE PLASTIC BAG CONTAINING THE REGALIA. Seal the box back up (or do not open the box at all) and return it to Oak Hall at the following address:

Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24018

Oak Hall will refund your order (minus shipping and handling) as long as they receive it back within 30 days of shipment. The most important note is that the plastic bag the regalia is in must not have been opened! If it has been opened, the refund will not be processed. This is for health reasons.

 

I purchased my regalia online (in February or March 2020) and selected the “Ship to Store” option. What should I do to obtain a refund?
A refund will automatically be issued to the credit card on which the regalia was purchased. There will be no need for you to pick-up or return any regalia at any time. Please allow up to 8 weeks for refunds to be processed. Oak Hall is working through the refunds as quickly as possible.

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 (Madison Busick).

    Contact

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