Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony

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The University traditionally begins the academic year with a gathering called the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony. This official welcome event at UConn for residential first-year students marks the only time that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

We will welcome the Class of 2027 at the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 7:45pm EST in Gampel Pavilion.

Students should leave all backpacks and large bags in their dorms. They will not be allowed inside of Gampel.

Convocation ceremony

A view of the Torch Lighting Convocation ceremony held on the Student Union Mall on Aug. 22, 2014.
(Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)