Student Preparation

General Information for All Candidates

Who is eligible to participate?

For the May 2024 Commencement ceremonies, the following students are eligible to attend and should "apply to graduate" to do so:

• December 2023 Graduates (no need to re-apply to graduate)
• May 2024 Candidates
• August 2024 Candidates

Candidates earning Graduate Certificates are not eligible to attend the Commencement ceremonies.

How do I “Apply to Graduate”?

You should "apply to graduate" via StudentAdmin and submit a plan of study no later than February 9, 2024 in order to participate in the ceremony. These will be used to certify your eligibility.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please visit the Graduation page of the Registrar's website, contact the Degree Audit office at 486-6214, or visit their office within the Registrar's Office in Wilbur Cross Building.

How do I obtain my Guest Tickets?

The Ticket Desk is located on the 2nd floor of the Storrs Bookstore (Community Room). On May 4, 5, and 6, the Ticket Desk will be located in the Model Dorm Room (1st Floor of Storrs Bookstore). Please note the open hours below. There are late night hours on Thursdays and extended hours during Commencement ceremony days (May 4-6).

The Ticket Desk hours will be as follows for 2024:
April 3 – May 3 (General Hours):
Mon. 9:00am-4:30pm
Tues. 9:00am-4:30pm
Wed. 9:00am-4:30pm
Thurs. 9:00am-6:30pm
Fri. 9:00am-4:30pm
May 4 & 5 (Commencement Sat. & Sun.): 7:30am-7:00pm
May 6 (Commencement Monday): 7:30am-7:00pm

Guest tickets will only be distributed to the graduating student and not to family members, roommates, etc. A valid photo ID is required for the pick-up.

Storrs Campus Students:

Storrs Campus students should plan to pick-up guest tickets during open hours (noted above) at the Ticket Desk (location noted above). You must provide a valid photo ID.

Regional Campus Students (or those who are no longer located in Storrs):

At this late date (May 2 and beyond), Regional Campus students (or those who are no longer located in Storrs) have one option when it comes to obtaining guest tickets:

  1. Visit the Ticket Desk (Bookstore Community Room - 2nd Floor of the Bookstore on the Storrs Campus) in-person with a valid photo ID between April 1 and May 6, 2024. Please see the Ticket Desk hours above.
  2. WILL CALL REQUESTS HAVE NOW CONCLUDED. If you previously submitted a Will Call Request, please announce that you are "there to pick up Will Call tickets" when you visit the Ticket Desk for pick-up.

How do I obtain my Regalia?

Starting on Monday, April 1, 2024, you may purchase regalia in-person at the Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Storrs Bookstore locations. Regalia will be available for purchase from April 1, 2024 through May 6, 2024.

The deadline for placing online orders has passed. This option is no longer available.

Guest Ticket & Regalia FAQs:

1. When and where can I pick-up my guest tickets? Please click on "How Do I Obtain My Guest Tickets" above for the details and procedures.

2. Can I pick-up guest tickets for my child/friend/family member/roommate? No. The graduating student must provide their own Student ID card to obtain guest tickets. We will not distribute guest tickets to parents, spouses, roommates, etc.

3. I am coming to the Storrs Campus and want to visit the Bookstore to purchase regalia for myself and 10 others. Can I also pick-up their guest tickets? No. Only the graduating student can pick-up their own guest tickets. We strongly encourage graduates to purchase their own regalia so that they can avoid errors with the gown size, hood and tassel color, etc.

4. What is the last date I can request that my tickets be mailed to me? Guest tickets will not be mailed after 12:00pm (Noon) on Friday, April 19, 2024. All tickets requested after that time must be picked-up (in-person) at the Ticket Desk in the UConn Bookstore on the Storrs Campus. The Ticket Desk will be open on Saturday, May 4, Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6 for those who need to pick-up tickets on the day of their ceremony.

5. I lost my guest tickets. // I think my roommate accidentally threw out my guest tickets. // My guest tickets never arrived via USPS...How can I obtain more guest tickets? If you obtained your guest tickets directly from your School/College, please reach out to the Coordinator listed on the chart and let them know of your situation. If you obtained your guest tickets from the Ticket Desk at the UConn Bookstore, please continue to look for your misplaced guest tickets until the week of April 29, 2024. No replacement guest tickets will be distributed before that week begins.

6. I am a graduate of a School/College that does not distribute any extra tickets. How can I get additional tickets for my extended family, friends, etc.? Please share the link to our live streaming portal with those who are unable to attend. You may receive tickets from another graduate who knows that they will not use those tickets. Guest tickets are only valid for the ceremony indicated on the front of the ticket.

7. I am a UConn student but I was never issued a UConn Student ID card (ex. graduates of the Part-Time MBA Program). How can I obtain my guest tickets? If you are visiting the Ticket Desk in-person, please have a valid photo ID (ex. Driver's License or State-issued ID card) and your PeopleSoft ID number. Staff will be able to verify your identity and eligibility using your photo ID and PeopleSoft ID number.

What color Hood and/or Tassel should I receive?

Tassels should be placed on the RIGHT and moved to the LEFT during ceremonies (if instructed). Tassel color is determined by School or College and by degree awarded.

Please see this chart to determine which color hood and/or tassel you should receive.

Masters and Doctoral candidates - Unsure which degree you are receiving? Please use the Graduate School's Degree & Certificate Programs listing to determine the degree type.

For example, you are receiving a Masters in Accounting. You can select "Masters" at the top of the page under "Degrees", followed by selecting "Business" under "Areas of Interest". You'll see that you are earning a Master of Science. Therefore, a gold hood and a gold tassel will complete your regalia set.

Are you earning a Masters degree under "Education"? The majority of degrees in this category earn Master of Arts (white hood and white tassel - TCPCG candidates fall in this group), while a few earn a Master of Science (gold hood and gold tassel). The only group to wear the light blue hood and black tassel are the Sixth Year Diploma in Professional Education.

Are you earning a Masters degree under "Engineering"? All degrees in this category earn a Master of Science (gold hood and gold tassel) with the exception of the Master of Engineering degree (MENG). MENG candidates will wear the orange hood and orange tassel.

Can my child participate in the ceremony with me?

Can my child participate in the ceremony with me?
Please be advised that only candidates and Commencement personnel are permitted in the assembly and seating areas and may participate in the procession and ceremonies, including crossing the stage/floor. Children should remain in the general audience seating during the ceremonies.

If you are a candidate who requires assistance from another person with crossing the stage/floor, please reach out to your ceremony coordinator directly (listing here) to ensure your experience is top-notch.

All candidates will pass through a metal detector. Prohibited items include alcohol, weapons of any kind, outside food & beverages, backpacks, noise makers, laser pointers, and bags larger than 12x6x12.

All candidates will need to complete a name reader/photography information card at the pre-ceremony line-up locations. For example, the Field House for Gampel ceremonies, the Lower Level of Jorgensen for Jorgensen ceremonies, and SU 104 for the BGS ceremony. Staff will be present to distribute cards and pencils at these locations. All candidates will need this card to participate in their ceremony.


Information Specific to Masters & Doctoral Candidates

Masters Candidates -

(Please note that submitting an RSVP is not a request for Guest Tickets. See above for directions to complete that process.)

All Masters candidates will gather in the Field House for procession into Gampel Pavilion.

All Masters candidates participating in the student processional will need to gather in the Fieldhouse by 7:45am. Students will form two lines in the Fieldhouse and each will make their way into Gampel Pavilion. Students will be separated and seated by degree program.

Student Processional Forms from 7:00-8:00am
Student Processional Begins at 8:15am
Ceremony Begins at 9:00am

Any Masters candidates who utilize wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers should NOT proceed to the Field House and should instead enter Gampel using the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium lobby (near the Husky dog sculpture). A staff person will be located there and will show you to the elevator. You will take the elevator to the lower level of Gampel and meet up with the candidate lines there before heading out onto the floor.

Doctoral Candidates -

(Please note that submitting the RSVP form is not a request for Guest Tickets. See above for directions to complete that process.)

All Doctoral candidates will gather in the lobby of the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater (the "little theater") for procession into Jorgensen Auditorium.

All Doctoral candidates participating in the candidate processional will need to enter the lobby of the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater by 4:30pm. Candidates must enter the lobby of the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater (the "little theater") via the doors on the back of Jorgensen along Auditorium Road along with their Faculty Advisor. Candidates (and their advisors) will be seated by degree program.

Student Processional Forms from 4:00-5:15pm
Student Processional Begins at 5:15pm
Ceremony Begins at 6:00pm

Any Doctoral candidates who utilize wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers should enter Jorgensen using the main entrance off of Hillside Road. A staff person will be located there and will show you to the elevator.

Please note that postponing your participation to a future year’s ceremony is not an option. If you are eligible to participate in this year’s ceremony, please make arrangements to attend this May. We are unable to permit graduates to participate late. We appreciate your attention to this matter.