Frequently Asked Questions

When Should Graduates Arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?

All graduates must report to the Harriet Jorgensen Theater Lobby (back entrance of Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts) at 10:15 a.m. for checkin, robing, photos, and lineup.

Shuttle bus service (recommended) is available from UConn Health to the Storrs campus and will drop off at the theater entrance.

If driving, graduates must arrive for 10:15 a.m. and use the back entrance of the Jorgensen Center.

Do not use the front entrance.

When Should  Guests Arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?

Guests need to arrive separately from the graduates and may enter the Jorgensen Center at 12 p.m. Security will not allow guests in the building prior to doors opening at 12 p.m.

Restrooms and food and beverage vendors are available for guests prior to the ceremony on the first floor of the Student Union.

Is There a Place to Store Personal Items?

No. Secure storage space for personal items is extremely limited, please plan accordingly.

How long does the commencement ceremony last?

Approximately two hours. Graduates and guests must vacate the Jorgensen area prior to 4 p.m.

Basic Ceremony Outline:
Processional
Singing of the National Anthem
Welcoming Remarks
Conferral of Honorary Degrees
Commencement Address
Awarding of Faculty Recognition Award
Graduate Remarks
Presentation of Candidates
Conferral of Degrees
Congratulatory Remarks
Administration of Hippocratic Oath
Recessional

How many tickets are allowed for each graduate?

Each graduate is allotted eight tickets. We have recently increased the number of guest tickets but ask graduates to request only the actual number of tickets needed. If eight are not needed, please do not take eight.

Where do I obtain my guest tickets?

Invitations to and tickets for admission to the commencement ceremony are normally available and ready for distribution sometime in April. Students will be notified via email when these items are available for pick up.

  • Students may pick up tickets and invitations in the Student Affairs Office, AM016, from Lisa Francini.

Can a graduate request additional tickets?

The number of guest tickets has been increased in an attempt to minimize the need for additional tickets. Those asking for additional tickets are required to put in a request for the number of extra tickets when they pick up their allotted eight tickets. Every attempt will be made to accommodate the requests for those with larger immediate families but there are no guarantees for extras. The additional tickets will be distributed after every graduating student has received his or her eight tickets and the remaining seating availability has been determined.

Do children need tickets?

Any child seated in a separate chair will need a ticket. Those who will be seated on the lap of an adult will not need a ticket for admission.

Are guests assigned seating?

No. Guests and family members of the graduating students should seat themselves on a first come, first served basis. All guests must remain seated throughout the ceremony. There is no standing allowed at the back of the auditorium or in the aisles at any time through the course of the ceremony.

What time can guests begin to take their seats?

The doors to the auditorium open at 12 p.m. Guests may begin seating themselves at that time.