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.

We welcomed the Class of 2025 at the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 7:45pm EDT on the SU Mall.

Convocation ceremony

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