Commencement occurs once per year in May. In addition to May graduates, the prior year’s August and December graduates and the following semester’s August graduates may walk in their respective Commencement ceremony without special permission. For additional information on student preparation for Commencement, see the official Commencement website. The Commencement Office can also be contacted at orĀ  (860) 486-6800.

1. Apply to Graduate

To participate in the ceremony you must apply to graduate and submit your final Plans of Study. For more information on how to apply to graduate, see the Graduation page.

2. Buy your Regalia

Caps and gowns may be purchased at the UConn Bookstore after Spring Break. You are required to have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Graduation announcements and invitations may be purchased from Balfour and are not distributed by the University.

3. Tickets

Tickets are available at the UConn Bookstore after you purchase your cap and gown. The number of tickets per graduate varies based on the ceremony. For additional information on tickets, see the Commencement FAQ.

Commencement Weekend

Schedule: The timing of each college’s ceremony can be found on the Commencement Website. For best seating, guests should arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. Some colleges also have special events in addition to the Commencement ceremony.

Parking: Visitors will be directed to the campus parking garages during Commencement Weekend. Garage parking will be free of charge during the events.