Friends and Family Frequently Asked Questions

2023 UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
LOCATION: University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, 2095 Hillside Rd, Storrs Mansfield, CT 06269
DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 6th, 2023. Gampel will open at 8AM. Ceremony will run from 9AM-10:30AM.

Candidates for graduation must be at the Field House no later than 7:45am
to fill out a photo card and be lined up for the procession into Gampel

Graduating seniors are referred to as “candidates for graduation” or just “candidates.”

TICKETS
Candidates do NOT need a ticket to attend graduation. Tickets for their guests (MAXIMUM 8) are distributed to students at the UCONN Bookstore only starting April 1st. Ticket Desk hours will be 9:00am-4:30pm in the week before commencement.

All guests aged 4 years (and older) require a guest ticket for entry to the ceremony. Tickets are bar-coded to guard against copies being made for sale or other unauthorized use. If students need extra tickets, they need to send their request via their UConn student email address, to engr-ugcommencement@uconn.edu to be placed on a waiting list. Being placed on the waiting list is not a guarantee of extra tickets but we do our best to meet reasonable requests. Extra tickets will not be issued until a week before Commencement. We will notify the requesting student when the tickets are available – do not “drop-in” to see if they are available for pick-up. Candidates must pick up their extra tickets in person from the Undergraduate Programs office (EII room 304) during the hours of 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Graduation Guest tickets cannot be picked up by anyone other than the student.

CAPS & GOWNS (Regalia
Students are not required to participate in Commencement – it is optional. To participate in the commencement ceremony, the candidate must purchase a UConn blue cap (mortar board), the School of Engineering cap tassel (orange), and their gown at the UConn Bookstore ( Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Storrs locations) or on-line from Oak Hall via https://uconngrad.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome Getting your regalia from a UConn bookstore or the online Oak Hall ordering portal ensures you get the correct sizing/fit and that the cap, gown, and tassel colors are correct. All students are required to wear the UConn blue undergraduate cap and gown to Commencement if they wish to participate. No exceptions will be made to this rule. These will be available for in-person purchase until the day of Commencement. As it gets closer to May, there WILL be long lines to purchase these items – so, please encourage your student to purchase one as soon as possible. Candidates must wear proper attire under their graduation gown. Mortarboards are REQUIRED and should be worn straight. Tassels should hang from the right side when the student enters Gampel, to be moved to the left during the ceremony when they are told to do so.

Regalia Ordered Online to be shipped to home: Visit the portal, select the Ship to Home option, and complete your order. There is a $13.95 domestic/$60.00 international shipping and handling charge to have your regalia shipped. Deadline to place your online Ship to Home order is April 15, 2022. Ship to Home orders will be filled, packaged, and shipped out by our vendor as they are received.

LIVE STREAMING
UConn will be hosting live-streams of all Commencement ceremonies. For those unable to obtain a guest ticket or make the trip to Storrs, the School of Engineering ceremony will be live-streamed on the internet. The link to the stream will be posted on the University Commencement webpage (http://www.commencement.uconn.edu ). Shortly after the live-stream is completed, a video recording will be available for on-demand watching via the same webpage.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Professional photographers will take photographs of candidates in front of the School of Engineering banner and as they are presented with their diploma covers. All students are asked to fill out the address card that will be provided to them in the Field House. Color proofs will be mailed to the address they provide on the card. Tripods are NOT allowed in Gampel Pavilion. Members of the audience using hand-held cameras may take pictures during the ceremony from the concourse level of Gampel Pavilion. To accommodate everyone, individuals are requested to use these areas for only a short time and then return to their seats.

GAMPEL PAVILION: ALLOWED and PROHIBITED items
Large bags, cameras with removable lenses, food, beverages (including water bottles) are among the items NOT allowed at Gampel. Strollers are not permitted in any seating areas or on the concourse and stroller storage is very limited; all patrons are encouraged to leave them safely stored inside their vehicles.

ALCOHOL POLICY
Alcohol cannot be brought to the Field House or Gampel and will be confiscated by our security personnel before entry.

TRAFFIC & PARKING
Traffic into the Storrs area is extraordinarily heavy on Commencement Day; please allow plenty of extra time. Parking will be available at no cost in the North and South Parking Garages on Commencement Day. 

Student Picture Slideshow
While guests are waiting for the ceremony to begin, we will run a slideshow of the graduating class in Gampel on the Jumbo TVs. Candidates have been notified by email of how, where, and when to submit the slide. The deadline for submission is set by Gampel personnel. To be included, it must be uploaded to our google form by Sunday, April 10th.  Students missing the deadline will NOT have a slide included in the slideshow. To prevent others from submitting a slide the student has not approved, the slides must be submitted by the student, from their UConn email account. However, if you want to make a slide for your busy senior – email it to them and they can submit it to us IF THEY WISH TO DO SO. The slide must meet ALL of these conditions to be included:
 PPT format, cropped to exactly 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high (landscape orientation)
 Picture must be of the candidate ONLY – no group shots (blurring the faces of people in the background is fine)
 A professional head-shot can be used but it is not expected. The picture can be a candid – student doing a hobby, traveling, working, sky diving, etc
 A caption is required ON the slide with: first and last name, major, and hometown (any font and size that fits). No other information can be included.
 Appropriate for family viewing

Most students use a portrait oriented picture and put a banner with the information we require to “fill in” the slide and make it LANDSCAPE orientation. Students should remove “red-eye” if they can, since this looks very bad on the Gampel jumbo TVs. They should not s t r e t c h their picture – this produces odd looking results.
For slide ideas, your student can view prior year grad slides on this website here: Commencement 2021 Videos

Students and Guests Needing Special Accommodations
The closest available area for handicapped parking is on the ground level of the South Parking Garage, which is adjacent to Gampel. Handicapped parking spaces are only available for vehicles displaying a permit issued by a state Motor Vehicles Department. These spaces are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest that you consider dropping off guests needing special assistance with one other family member in front of Gampel. Gampel personnel will be happy to assist you and your guests. To allow sufficient space for all guests who use wheelchairs, we ask that only one family member or friend plan on sitting in the area set aside for people needing this accommodation. You do NOT need to reserve this accommodation, we are happy to assist all people needing this assistance. The university does not have wheelchairs to loan available on campus. If an individual is in need of a wheelchair, they must provide one themselves. However, Gampel is wheelchair/handicapped accessible. For hearing impaired guests, the University provides a sign language interpreter for all ceremonies. Please let staff members know if you need this service when you arrive at Gampel.

If you are an individual with a disability or have a guest that will need a special accommodations that was not addressed in this publication, please make your request in writing no later than April 20th by sending an email to: engr-ugcommencement@uconn.edu