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 first-year students marks the only time prior to graduation that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

The Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony is set for Friday, August 28, 2020. The ceremony will take place on the Student Union Mall and will begin at 7:45pm. The rain location is Gampel Pavilion. A weather call will be made on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

This is a time for students to meet one another, talk about the University, and articulate some of the ideals that define us as a place of learning and growth.

Live closed captions of the ceremony will be available. The CART link for the ceremony will be posted during the week of August 24, 2020. Please bookmark the link and return to it just before the ceremony begins on Friday, August 28, 2020.

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