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.

Information for the Class of 2021

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

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.

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 and August 2020 graduates have now received their diplomas and diploma covers. December 2020 graduates will receive their diplomas inside of covers ~8 weeks after December 20, 2020 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 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 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 for my own use (photos at home, videos, etc.) 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).

    Contact

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