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Commencement and SSW Recognition Ceremonies


The Graduate School holds a commencement ceremony once a year for PhD students who are graduating. The first step in the process is to “Apply for Graduation”  Please follow the process outlined by the Graduate School at

The Graduate School Commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, 6:00 pm at the Jorgensen Center for the performing arts. For specifics on tickets, regalia, schedule, parking and frequently asked questions please visit the Commencement website at


School of Social Work Recognition Ceremony

The School of Social Work Recognition Ceremony is a special unofficial ceremony, which is a wonderful way to celebrate your accomplishments with your peers, family and friends. The Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. MSW students are hooded and PhD students are recognized by the Zachs Chair of Social Work. August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017 PhD graduates can participate in this ceremony.

Please let the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at 959.200.3687 that you plan to attend so that we can provide you with 4 tickets for the SSW Recognition Ceremony. If any of your guests will require accommodations or assistance at the ceremony, please notify the OSAS office as soon as possible.


Academic Regalia (Gown, Cap and Hood)

By participating in the Recognition or Commencement ceremony, you are required to wear the appropriate cap, gown, and hood that correspond with the University of Connecticut graduate degree being conferred. Please refer to the Regalia order form on the Commencement website at Regalia and ticket order information can be located on this form.


Directions/Parking for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts


From the North or South, take I-91 to Exit 29A (Capitol Area). Go halfway around the rotary, and bear right onto Elm Street. Take the first left onto West Street. Turn right onto Capitol Avenue and continue one block to The Bushnell.

From the East, take I-84 West to Exit 50 (Main Street). At the second light, turn left onto Main Street. At the tenth light, turn right onto Capitol Avenue. Continue three blocks to The Bushnell.

From the West, take I-84 East to Exit 48B (Capitol Avenue/Asylum Street). Bear right onto Capitol Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Capitol Avenue. Continue one block to The Bushnell.


Secure parking is available directly across the street in the State of Connecticut parking lots along Capitol Avenue. Please look for prominently displayed signage. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Valet Parking is available at a cost of $10 per vehicle.