Commencement & Convocation


Commencement at the University of Connecticut is a time of ceremony and pageantry, a time for marking academic achievements, and a time to begin the next step in life.

Commencement ceremonies are held in May. Each school and college holds its own ceremony at venues throughout the University. Due to the size of the its graduating class, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences holds two ceremonies to accommodate all graduates and their guests.

Commencement ceremonies have been held at the University of Connecticut since 1882, when, as the Storrs Agricultural School, a ceremony was held to observe the close of the first academic year of the fledgling agricultural school for boys. Founded in 1881, the school had its first commencement with graduates in 1883, when six students received graduation certificates.

LINK: Commencement

LINK: Commencement History


An academic event known as Fall Convocation marks the opening of each new academic year. This official welcome event for first-year students marks the only time prior to graduation that the entire entering class gathers as one.

LINK: Fall Convocation