As the College has grown in size, we have reached a point where we cannot all fit together at once into Gampel Pavilion on graduation day. 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.
|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|
Caps and Gowns
Proper attire is required. The UConn Bookstore will begin taking orders for caps and gowns in mid March. Mortarboards should be worn straight. Men will remove their mortarboards for the singing of the National Anthem. Tassels should hang from the right side, to be moved to the left during the ceremony.
Students may pick up tickets with their cap and gown at the UConn Bookstore on the Storrs Campus. Each student will receive up to 6 guest tickets. Tickets will only be issued to those students who have purchased a cap and gown from the UConn Bookstore. Children 4 years and older will require a guest ticket for entry to the ceremony. Due to space constraints at Gampel, no additional tickets will be issued.
Student Commencement Speaker
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking two graduating undergraduate students to speak at each of the commencement ceremonies (one student per ceremony).
Students who are interested should submit a typed manuscript of their speech, which should be no longer than 5 spoken minutes (~750 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be accepted until noon on Friday, March 25.
The student speaker committee, which will include faculty, staff, and students from CLAS, will review all submissions, and select five to move on to the next phase of the competition. During this next phase, students will be asked to present their speeches to the committee, as if they were giving it on commencement day.
After the committee has heard the speeches, they will select two students to speak at commencement, and name one alternate. Selections will be made no later than April 11th.
Please note that there will be no rehearsal. On Sunday, May 7, proceed directly to the Greer Field House on Hillside Road so that you arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of your commencement ceremony. Marshals will help form lines and lead the procession to Gampel Pavilion and will direct you through the receiving of the diploma cover. You will be congratulated, have your photograph taken, and returned to your seat. We expect that diplomas will be mailed within a few months. YOU MUST REMAIN IN YOUR SEAT UNTIL THE CEREMONY HAS CONCLUDED. The ceremony is expected to last approximately one and one-half hours..
After completion of all the exercises, the Dean, speakers, special guests, faculty, and staff will recess. You will recess with your class. Your guests will be asked to remain in their places until the recessional has been completed.
There will be a professional photographer at the ceremony taking photographs of all candidates as they are presented with their diploma covers. If you wish to receive a color proof, you must fill out the address card that will be provided to you during the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to the address you provide on the card.
Fill out the card completely. You may be asked to speak your name into a tape recorder before you move forward to receive congratulations.
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 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 of in the areas designated for graduating students.
Calling of Names for Graduating Students
Before each student receives their diploma, their name will be read aloud. The back side of the student photography card will have space for you to write your name phonetically. In order for our readers to accurately pronounce your name, please print your name clearly.
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.
Alcohol is not permitted at the ceremonies and will be confiscated before you enter into Gampel Pavilion.