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 prior to graduation that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

The Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony took place on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:00pm. For the first time, the 2020 ceremony virtually brought together every first-year student from all UConn campuses, those learning remotely and on-campus. Though the ceremony looked different from years past, we were thrilled to celebrate the Class of 2024 and ring in the start of their academic journey together.

Please watch the archived virtual ceremony by visiting UConn’s YouTube channel or the Total Webcasting website.

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