Instructions for Students

2017 Undergraduate Business Commencement Ceremony

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 9:00am

At the Greer Field House (next to Gampel):
Student Registration: 7:30am
Procession Forms: 8:15am
Procession Begins: 8:45am


At Gampel:
Guests Admitted: 8:00am
Ceremony Begins: 9:00am

At the Student Union:
Reception Begins: 10:30am


Please submit your information here to assist readers, provide us with your contact information after graduation, and tell us what you’ll be doing.  Students should complete the Commencement Information Form by Friday, April 21, 2017.


We are preparing a slide show of your years at UConn that we plan to project on the Husky Vision Board before the processional. If you would like to submit 2-3 digital photos to be considered for the slide show, please email them with a subject heading of “Commencement photos” to Please send these photos no later than Friday, April 7th, 2017 to be included!

Photo specifications:

  • Image size should be 1920×1080 (landscape/horizontal)
  • File type needs to be jpg or png format
  • File name needs to be your last name, and a short description of the photo (e.g. Smith – Accounting Society; Smith – Study Abroad Italy Spring 2014; Smith – Boston Class Trip Fall 2015)

CAPS AND GOWNSview more details

Proper attire is required. The UConn Bookstore will begin taking orders for caps and gowns in mid-March. Check the website provided at the end of these instructions for details. Mortarboards should be worn straight. For the School of Business, the tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard before the graduation ceremony and moved to the left at the close of the ceremony. Men will remove their mortarboards for the singing of the National Anthem.

TICKETSview more details

Tickets will be distributed by the UConn Bookstore (Storrs Campus) in connection with the purchase of your cap and gown. Please take only as many tickets as you need, up to a maximum of 10. Tickets will be given only to those students who purchase their caps and gowns through the UConn Bookstore. Children 4 years and older will require a guest ticket for entry into the ceremony.


Please note that there will be no rehearsal prior to commencement. On Sunday, May 7th, proceed directly to the Greer Field House on Hillside Road. Arrive no later than 8:10 am to register, pick up your completed Information and Name Card (please submit information ahead of time here). Please follow signage indicating the location of the appropriate registration table. Marshals will help form lines and lead the procession to Gampel Pavilion and lead you to your seat. They will then direct you to the floor where you will receive the diploma cover from Dean Elliott or Associate Dean Gramling. You will then be congratulated, photographed and directed to return to your seat. It is important that you remain in your seat until the ceremony is over. The ceremony is expected to last approximately ninety minutes. We anticipate diplomas will be mailed a few months after graduation.

University Scholars and those students receiving honors and distinction will be acknowledged in the School’s program.


After completion of all the exercises, the Dean, speakers, special guests, faculty, and staff will recess after which you will recess with your class. Your guests will be asked to remain in their places until the entire above recessional is completed.


Our reception immediately follows Commencement. We invite you and your family & guests to join us outside on the Student Union Terrace (rain location Student Union 304) to enjoy the informal atmosphere of celebration.

PHOTOGRAPHYview more details

A professional photographer will be at the ceremony taking photographs of all graduates before, during and after you receive your diploma covers. If you wish to receive a color proof, you must fill out the address card that will be provided for you at Gampel when you take your seats. Fill out the card completely and bring it with you when you descend to the floor to receive your diploma cover. An assistant will collect the card. You may be asked to speak your name into a tape recorder before you move forward to receive congratulations, further insuring you receive the correct proofs. Proofs will be mailed to the address you provide on the card.

Members of the audience may take photographs from their seats. No tripods will be allowed in Gampel Pavilion. Members of the audience using hand-held cameras may take pictures during the ceremony except from the processional paths and the presentation areas. In order to accommodate everyone, individuals are requested to move to those areas for only a short interval and then return to their seats. Guests will not be permitted on the pavilion floor or in the areas designated for graduating students.

TRAFFICview more details

Traffic may be heavy coming into Storrs and some traffic areas will be restricted on campus on Commencement day. Please allow extra travel time to arrive on campus, park, and be seated in Gampel Pavilion. There will be a total of five different Commencement ceremonies throughout the day on Sunday, May 7th, which will result in significant traffic flow challenges.

PARKINGview more details and a campus map

The most convenient parking will be available at no cost in the North and South Parking Garages on Commencement Day (South Garage is immediately across from Gampel). Handicapped parking will be available for vehicles with official permits from a state Department of Motor Vehicles on the ground level of the North and South Parking Garages. People needing special accommodations may be dropped off near Gampel Pavilion. All entrances to Gampel Pavilion are wheelchair accessible.


For planning purposes, please let us know if you or your guest need special accommodations and inform the event staff upon your arrival at Gampel. The following accommodations will be available:

  • Handicapped parking will be available for vehicles with official handicapped permits from a state Department of Motor Vehicles; the ground level of the North and South Parking Garages has handicapped parking spots, closest available area for handicapped parking is on the ground level of the South Garage off Stadium Road
  • People needing special accommodations may be dropped off near Gampel Pavilion; all entrances to Gampel Pavilion are accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs
  • Special seating area for individuals who use wheelchairs (ushers will direct you; these are available on a first-come-first-served basis)
  • A sign-language interpreter and special seating for people with hearing disabilities (ushers will direct you)
  • Assistive listening system
  • Modified bathroom facilities


Alcohol is not permitted at either the Commencement ceremony or the Reception and will be confiscated before entry into these events.


The University Commencement website at has a wealth of information, including Frequently Asked Questions, for your convenience.

Thank you for your cooperation and CONGRATULATIONS! On behalf of the faculty and staff, we hope that you, your family and guests have an enjoyable day on campus as you celebrate your academic achievements.