The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 8 at Gampel Pavilion. To accommodate everyone’s desire to attend and participate in the CLAS commencement this spring, we will be dividing graduation into two separate ceremonies depending on the major of the graduating student (see below). Double majors should attend the ceremony for their primary major. The ceremony is expected to last one and one-half hours.
|Ceremony 1 (Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.)
Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Human Development and Family Studies
Molecular and Cell Biology
Physiology and Neurobiology
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
|Ceremony 2 (Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.)
Applied Mathematical Science
Latino and Latin American Studies
|Guests Admitted:||12:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|Candidates Assemble for Procession
(in Greer Field House, next to Gampel Pavilion)
|12:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|Candidate Procession Begins||12:30 PM||4:30 PM|
|Ceremony Begins||1:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|Estimated End of Ceremony||2:30 PM||6:30 PM|
Students may pick up tickets with their cap and gown at the UConn Bookstore on the Storrs Campus. Each graduate will receive up to 6 guest tickets. Children 4 years and older will require a guest ticket for entry to the ceremony. Due to space constraints, we will not be issuing any additional guest tickets.
There will be a professional photographer at the ceremony taking photographs of candidates as they receive their diploma covers (real diplomas will be mailed by the Registrar’s Office in a few months). Graduates will receive proofs following Commencement and may, if they choose, order prints.
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 photographs during the ceremonies in designated 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.
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 nine different Commencement ceremonies throughout the day, and this will result in significant traffic flow challenges.
The most convenient parking will be available at no cost in North and South parking garages on Commencement day. Vehicles with official handicapped parking permits from a state Motor Vehicle Department can be parked on the ground level of the garage. People may be dropped off near Gampel Pavilion. All entrances to Gampel Pavilion are accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs.
Where is Gampel Pavilion / South Garage / etc.?
Gampel Pavilion is located at D 8 on the map, and South Garage immediately across from Gampel. Additional parking is available and shuttle buses will run from parking lots F, X, 9, and S (at map coordinates C13, C10, D10, E4 respectively) throughout the duration of the Commencement Day events and for your return to these parking areas.
Guests with Disabilities
The following accommodations will be available:
- A sign-language interpreter and special seating for people with hearing disabilities (ushers will direct you)
- Special seating area for individuals who use wheelchairs (ushers will direct you; these are available on a first-come-first-serve basis)
- Modified bathroom facilities
- Assistive listening system
- Parking will be available for vehicles with official permits for handicapped parking from a state Motor Vehicle Department on the ground level of the North and South Parking Garages
- People may be dropped off near Gampel Pavilion. All entrances to Gampel Pavilion are accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs.
For more information, please visit the CLAS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony webpage.