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University of Connecticut Commencement & Convocation

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony

How long do the ceremonies last?
Each ceremony lasts approximately 1.5-2.0 hours.

Are balloons allowed into the venues?
Balloons are NOT permitted in Gampel Pavilion and Rome Ballroom.
Balloons are permitted in Jorgensen Auditorium.

Will my bag be checked?
All bags will be checked upon entry at Gampel Pavilion.
Bags are not checked upon entry at Jorgensen Auditorium or Rome Ballroom, but backpacks and large bags are NOT permitted.

Can I bring food/beverages into the venues?
Outside food and beverages are NOT permitted in Gampel Pavilion. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase inside Gampel Pavilion during Commencement Weekend.

We recommend that all guests wear safe and secure footwear, as our venues may have stairs that need to be navigated.

Tickets

How do I obtain guest tickets?
Guest tickets are distributed to each of our graduating students. If you are a student looking for information on how to obtain your guest tickets, please see the "Guest Tickets" section of this website.

Note: Nursing students will obtain their tickets at their alumni event. For more information, please contact heather.spottiswoode@uconn.edu.

How many guest tickets are allocated to students?
Please see the "Guest Tickets" section of the website.

Can a student request more tickets if the assigned number is insufficient?
Once the distribution of the initial tickets begins, only students may request additional tickets.
It is up to the individual schools/colleges to determine if they would like to offer additional guest tickets to their graduates (or not). There are no promises or guarantees for extra tickets.

Do children need tickets?
Children who are four years of age and older do require a ticket.

Announcements & Invitations

Personal announcements and invitations are not distributed by the University to the graduating students. They may be purchased at the following website: http://ww2.balfour.com/college/.

Are you interested in inviting international guests to your Commencement ceremony? Please visit this website for more detailed informaiton. This website also has helpful information. The Commencement Office does not produce invitation letters for international guests.

Student Union

The Student Union's hours during Commencement Weekend 2017 are as follows:

7:00am-6:00pm - Saturday, May 6, 2017

7:00am-6:00pm - Sunday, May 7, 2017

Accommodations for People with Disabilities

 

For individuals with the need for accommodation(s), please contact the individual school/college point person in advance. This information is found on the ceremony information page.

Accessibility & Accommodations - Commencement Weekend - Storrs Campus (Power Point presentation)

 

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion--

Services:
There is a reserved area for wheelchair users on the Concourse level. This seating is available on a first come first served basis. While all entrances to the Pavilion are accessible, we recommend using the East and South entrances. There are also modified restroom facilities.
Sign Language Interpreters are available at all ceremonies in Gampel.

Assistive Listening System:
Available free of charge upon request.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the South Garage.

Jorgensen Auditorium--

Services:
Handicapped seating is available on the main level of the Auditorium.  Wheelchair accessible rest rooms are located in the Jorgensen Lower Lobby. Elevator service is available from the Jorgensen Main Lobby to the Lower Lobby only. There is no elevator service to seats in the mezzanine or lower and upper balconies.
Sign Language Interpreters are available at all ceremonies in Jorgensen.

Assistive Listening System:
Available free of charge from the Front Office.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the North Garage.

Rome Ballroom--

Services:
Handicapped seating is available in the Ballroom. All entrances to Rome Commons are handicapped accessible and there is an elevator located in the building for guests to use. There are also modified restroom facilities.
Sign Language Interpreters are avaialable at all ceremonies in Rome.

Assistive Listening System:
Plans to use an Assistive Listening System at a ceremony in Rome Ballroom will need to be made in advance of your attendance at a ceremony. Please ask your student to alert the primary contact person for his/her ceremony that a device will be needed.

Handicapped Parking:
Handicapped parking is available in the small lot (circle lot) between Rome Commons and the Nathan Hale Inn. Handicapped parking is also available in S-Lot which is directly behind Rome Commons. Please use the Storrs Campus Parking Map as a guide.
Guests may also choose to park in the South Garage.