Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony

History of
Convocation

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 that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

The Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 7:45pm EDT on the SU Mall (Rain Location: Gampel Pavilion). We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to this special event!

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