Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodations for People with Disabilities

For individuals with the need for accommodation(s), please contact the individual school/college point person by Friday, April 29, 2022. This contact information is found on the May Commencement page.

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion--

Services:
There is a reserved area for wheelchair users on the Concourse level. This seating is available on a first come first served basis. While all entrances to the Pavilion are accessible, we recommend using the East and South entrances. There are also modified restroom facilities.
Sign Language Interpreters are available at all ceremonies in Gampel.

Assistive Listening System:
Available free of charge upon request. Please visit the A/V platform (directly above Section C-109) and ask a member of the CSC Event Staff (wearing yellow jackets) to help you retrieve a system.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the South Garage.

Jorgensen Auditorium--

Services:
Handicapped seating is available on the main level of the Auditorium.  Wheelchair accessible rest rooms are located in the Jorgensen Lower Lobby. Elevator service is available from the Jorgensen Main Lobby to the Lower Lobby only. There is no elevator service to seats in the mezzanine or lower and upper balconies.
Sign Language Interpreters are available at all ceremonies in Jorgensen.

Assistive Listening System:
Available free of charge from the Front Office.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the North Garage.

Student Union Theater--

Services:
There is a reserved area for wheelchair users on the main level. This seating is available on a first come first served basis. There are also modified restroom facilities.
Sign Language Interpreters are available at all ceremonies in the Student Union Theater.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the North or South Parking Garages.

Announcements & Invitations for International Guests

Personal announcements and invitations are not distributed by the University to the graduating students. They may be purchased at the following website: Balfour - University of Connecticut.

Are you interested in inviting international guests to your Commencement ceremony? Please visit the ISSS website for more detailed information. The Commencement Office does not produce invitation letters for international guests.

Bookstore Hours (Storrs) During Commencement

The UConn Bookstore (Storrs, CT location) will be open from 7:30am-8:30pm on May 7, 8, and 9, 2022.

 

Ceremony

How long do the ceremonies last?
Each ceremony lasts approximately 1.5-2.0 hours.

Are balloons allowed into the venues?
Balloons are NOT permitted in any of the UConn Commencement venues (Gampel, Jorgensen, or the Student Union). Guests will be asked to leave them outside of the venues or return them to their vehicle.

Will my bag be checked?
All bags will be checked upon entry at Gampel Pavilion, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and the Student Union Theater. At all of our venues, backpacks and large bags are NOT permitted.

Can I bring food/beverages into the venues?
Outside food and beverages are NOT permitted in Gampel Pavilion. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase inside Gampel Pavilion during Commencement ceremonies.

We recommend that all guests wear safe and secure footwear, as our venues may have stairs that need to be navigated.

Commencement Program (Book)

Will the University still publish a hard-copy Commencement Program (book) in 2022?
No. The University has switched to a fully electronic Commencement Program (book) for 2022 and beyond. The link to view the Commencement Program is posted on the homepage under "Celebrating You in 2022".

Diplomas & Diploma Covers

Will I receive my diploma during my ceremony?
No. Your diploma will be mailed to the address you have on-file in StudentAdmin approximately eight weeks after your conferral date. Please ensure this address is up-to-date so that your diploma will get to you without issue.

How will I receive a diploma cover?
You will receive a diploma cover at your respective ceremony in May 2022.

Will I also receive a diploma cover in the mail with my diploma as graduates in May 2020 and May 2021 did?
No. Starting with the December 2021 cohort, graduates will no longer receive a diploma cover in the mail with their diploma. Diploma covers will be distributed at our in-person ceremonies in May 2022. This is a return to the pre-Covid distribution process of diploma covers at the University.

I am a December 2021, May 2022, or August 2022 graduate and I know I will not be attending a ceremony but I would still like a diploma cover. // I am a Dual Degree graduate but I am only attending one ceremony. How can I get a diploma cover?
Please e-mail commencementoffice@uconn.edu starting on May 23, 2022 to request one. Please include your full name, full mailing address, and type of degree received (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral) and a cover will be sent to you. No requests will be fulfilled until May 23, 2022.

Honors Cords

Does the University distribute any cords to indicate Latin Honors?
No. The University does not distribute any cords to indicate Latin Honors. All Latin Honors achievements will be indicated on the graduate's diploma.

Participation in Commencement Ceremonies

Is my participation in a Commencement ceremony mandatory?
No. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you are unable to attend or are not interested in attending, your diploma will still be mailed to you approximately eight weeks from May 8, 2022. There is no one you need to notify if you will not be attending.

If I do not attend a ceremony, will my name still be called?
No. Attendees complete name reader cards at the ceremony and names are only read from those. Your name will not be read if you are not in attendance.

Regional Campus Students

Is the ceremony/celebration held on my Regional Campus an official Commencement ceremony?
No. The University's official Commencement ceremonies are held on the Storrs Campus (with the exception of the School of Law). You will receive a diploma cover and your degree will be conferred at the official ceremonies only.

Senior Portraits & Yearbooks

Can you share more information about Senior Portraits?
Senior Portraits are coordinated by Nutmeg Publishing. Please visit their website for all details and contact them directly at nutmegpublishinguconn@gmail.com with any questions.

Will I receive a Yearbook?
Yearbooks are also coordinated by Nutmeg Publishing. More information about yearbooks can be found on their website. Please contact them directly at nutmegpublishinguconn@gmail.com with all questions pertaining to the yearbooks.

Student Union Hours (Storrs) During Commencement

The Student Union (Storrs) will have the following hours during Commencement:

  • May  7  | 9:00am to 12:00am (Saturday)
  • May  8 | 10:00am to 11:30pm (Sunday)
  • May  9 | 7:30am to 7:00pm (Monday)

Tickets

How do I obtain guest tickets?
Guest tickets are distributed to each of our graduating students. If you are a student looking for information on how to obtain your guest tickets, please see the Student Preparation page of this website.

Note: The Schools of Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and UConn Health will distribute tickets to their students on their own and they will not be distributed at the Ticket Desk.

How many guest tickets are allocated to students?
Please see the Guest Tickets page of this website.

Can a student request more tickets if the assigned number is insufficient?
Once the distribution of the initial tickets begins, only students may request additional tickets. It is up to the individual schools/colleges to determine if they would like to offer additional guest tickets to their graduates (or not). There are no promises or guarantees for extra tickets. For the 2022 ceremonies, CLAS and EDU will not be distributing any extra tickets, nor will extras be distributed for the Masters/6th Year or Doctoral ceremonies. If you are a student seeking extra tickets for any of the other ceremonies, please reach out to the respective contact person for your ceremony. The list can be found on the May Commencement page of this website.

Do children need tickets?
Children who are four years of age and older do require a ticket for entry.