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University of Connecticut Commencement & Convocation

Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony

The University traditionally begins the academic year with a gathering called the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony. This official welcome event at UConn for first-year students marks the only time prior to graduation that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

The Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony is set for Friday, August 25, 2017. The ceremony will take place on the Student Union Mall and will begin at 7:45pm. There is a rain date set for the 2017 event - Sunday, August 27, 2017. A weather call will be made on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

This is a time for students to meet one another, talk about the University, and articulate some of the ideals that define us as a place of learning and growth.