Student Preparation

General Information for All Candidates

Who is eligible to participate?

For the May 2023 Commencement ceremonies, the following students are eligible to attend and should "apply to graduate" to do so:

• December 2022 Graduates (no need to re-apply to graduate)
• May 2023 Candidates
• August 2023 Candidates

How do I “Apply to Graduate”?

You should "apply to graduate" via StudentAdmin and submit a plan of study no later than February 13, 2023 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?

Ticket distribution will begin in early April 2023. Please check back in 2023 for the full process.

How do I obtain my Regalia?

The online ordering portal for regalia is now closed. It will re-open in late December/early 2023. Please check back for instructions on how to purchase your regalia.

Guest Ticket & Regalia FAQs:

1. When and where can I pick-up my guest tickets? The process will be confirmed in early 2023.

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 21, 2023. 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 6, Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8 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 May 1, 2023. 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 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.

School/College or Degree Tassel Color
Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture Maize
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Maize
School of Business Drab
Neag School of Education Light Blue
School of Engineering Orange
School of Fine Arts Brown
Bachelor of General Studies Maroon & Ivory
Bachelor of Music in School of Fine Arts Pink
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Navy & Yellow
School of Nursing Apricot
School of Pharmacy Olive & White
School of Social Work Citron

Information Specific to Masters & Doctoral Candidates

Masters Candidates

All Masters candidates will gather in the Fieldhouse 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 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.

Doctoral Candidates

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.