Neag School 2017 Commencement Weekend Schedule

We hope that your Commencement Day will be a joyful celebration for you, your family, and friends.

On behalf of Dean Gladis Kersaint and the entire Neag School of Education, congratulations on the completion of your studies and best wishes for continued success.

Here, you will find information on the following:

Commencement Procession 2016

The Neag School of Education Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Graduate Commencement: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Master’s & Sixth-Year Diploma Candidates

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 — 1:30 p.m.
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, UConn Storrs campus

11:00 a.m.       Pre-Ceremony Reception Begins (Student Union, Room 304) – Hooding assistance will be available; NOTE: We will be displaying photos of our graduates during this reception. 

12:00 p.m.       Procession Forms by School/College in the Field House

12:30 p.m.       Guests Admitted — Gampel Pavilion

1:30 p.m.         Commencement Ceremony Begins

Undergraduate Commencement: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017 — 9 a.m.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn Storrs campus

7:45 a.m.         Student Procession Forms in Gentry Building

8:00 a.m.         Guests Admitted — Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

8:45 a.m.         Procession Begins

9:00 a.m.         Commencement Ceremony Begins

10:30 a.m.       Reception Begins (Student Union Ballroom)

NOTE: We will be displaying photos of our graduates during this reception. If you have photos of you and your classmates taken during your years at UConn, please send them to for consideration. Please include your class year(s) and academic program.

RSVP for the Neag School Undergraduate Commencement Reception

Doctoral Graduate Commencement: Monday, May 8, 2017

Doctoral Candidates

Monday, May 8, 2017 — 6 p.m.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn Storrs campus

3:00 p.m.         Pre-Ceremony Reception Begins (Alumni House)

5:00 p.m.         Candidates and Faculty Members Line Up (Jorgensen, lower level)

5:00 p.m.         Doors Open – Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

6:00 p.m.         Commencement Ceremony Begins

Guest Tickets and Other Information


Beginning March 21, 2017, guest tickets will be available for each Commencement ceremony at the UConn Bookstore.

  • Master’s & Sixth-Year Ceremony — Candidates will receive seven tickets.
    If you are a sixth-year candidate and do not possess a UConn ID: In order to be issued guest tickets, identify yourself as a sixth-year student and provide your PeopleSoft ID number to the ticket staff at the UConn Bookstore. 
  • Undergraduate Ceremony — Candidates will receive at least 10 tickets. During the week of May 1, students can visit the Neag School Dean’s Office to request additional tickets beyond their original allotment of 10 tickets. The Dean’s Office is located on the third floor of the Gentry Building. Please ask for Kristi Napolitano.
  • Doctoral Ceremony — Candidates will receive six tickets.


Alcohol is not permitted at the ceremonies and will be confiscated before entry in Gampel and Jorgensen.


For the safety of all, bags and backpacks larger than 10” x 10” are prohibited in the theater. Small bags and purses are permitted. An exception will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags after proper inspection. All bags are subject to search.


Beginning Monday, March 20, graduates may reserve and pick up their cap and gown at the UConn Bookstore. You must wear proper attire under your graduation gown. Mortarboards should be worn straight.


If you have family and friends who are unable to attend your Commencement ceremony, each ceremony will be live-streamed — with closed captioning — so anyone can enjoy it from afar. Visit to watch each ceremony live.


Traffic into the Storrs area is extraordinarily heavy on Commencement Weekend; please allow plenty of extra time. Parking will be available at no cost in the North and South Parking Garages. Shuttle buses will run from parking lots FX9, and S to and from Gampel for the duration of Commencement Day events.


Immediately prior to and following the Commencement ceremony, we ask that you remain in your seats, free from aisles, until all members of the platform party, faculty, and students have entered/exited the venues.


The following accommodations will be available (ushers will be on site to provide assistance):

  • ASL interpreter on stage
  • Special seating for people with hearing disabilities
  • Special seating area for individuals who use wheelchairs
  • Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in designated areas on campus and on the ground levels of the North and South parking garages. Please contact Parking Services for specific questions at 860.486.4930.