Commencement Day Directions for Graduates
Monday, May 12, 2014
Prior to Ceremony
All graduates must report to Lower Lobby of the Jorgensen
Center for the Performing Arts at 10:15 a.m. for individual and
class photographs. No guests are allowed in this area. Following
photographs, students may congregate and enjoy light
refreshments prior to the processional lineup at 12:30 p.m.
Please note: Class photos will be taken at the following times –
11:15 a.m. M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs, 11:30 a.m. Schools of
Medicine and Dental Medicine programs.
Personal Items: Due to limited secure
storage space at the Jorgensen Center please keep personal items
to a minimum. It is recommended to leave items with family
members. All personal items must be removed from the building
prior to 4 p.m.
The processional begins PROMPTLY at 12:45 p.m.
- Dental Students
- Graduate Students
- Medical Students
1. Attire: Wear gown and cap with tassel on the left, hood is
drooped over the left arm. Staff members will assist with the
proper folding of the hood.
2. Index Card: This is very important. Please obtain
an index card at
the check-in table in the foyer of the Jorgensen Center. This card will have your name and number on it. It is
used to line up everyone in the proper order. On the back of the
card, please write your new address as well as your personal
email address. This information will be used to send you your
photographs. We cannot send them to you without a current
3. Lining Up: Students will line up for the
processional as instructed by assigned staff members and behind
the school marshal. Once again the order is dental students
followed by graduate students and in a separate line medical
students. You must stay in order otherwise you will be handed
the wrong diploma.
4. Marching: Follow the marshals. They are there to direct you
to your seats. Please remain standing until all students have
5. Gifts: A copy of the commencement program bearing
your name and a small gift will be on your seat.
6. Distribution of Diplomas: To receive your diploma
do as the marshal instructs. Approach the stage, hand your index
card to the school marshal who will be the first at the podium.
Your name will be read off the card, please proceed to the
middle of the stage to be hooded. The chief marshal will then
direct you to one of the hooding stations. (If your parent is a
UConn Health faculty member, you may request to have him/her
hood you. This must be arranged in advance. In that case, please
tell the chief marshal that your parent will be hooding you.) If
you are directed to the further station please walk behind the
hooders rather than walk in front of them to avoid walking into
someone else's photo. As you are hooded professional photographs
will be taken. Pause a moment for this photo before continuing
across the stage. After hooding you will be greeted by
University dignitaries to shake hands and receive your diploma.
With diploma in hand please pause for a final professional
photograph before exiting the stage.
7. Exiting: Exit the stage using the center stairway and return to your seat.
- Dental School Graduates
- Graduate School Graduates
- Medical School Graduates
After the Ceremony
8. Photographs: Following the recessional there will be time for you to meet
up with family members outside the auditorium for photographs.
9. Reception: Reception will immediately follow the ceremony in
the tented area behind the Student Union. If you are making dinner plans for that
evening in the Hartford area, it is recommended that you make reservations after
10. Professional Signature Book: A tradition since 1979, this
book, which was the class gift from that year's graduating
class, is kept at UConn Health and brought out at the time
of commencement to collect and record the signature of each
graduate in a meaningful and lasting fashion. Be sure to sign
the book with your first real M.D. or D.M.D. signature.
11. Returning Caps and Gowns: All caps and gowns must
be returned before departing the Storrs campus. The regalia
return area will be located in the vicinity of the tented
reception area. Staff members will be available to assist you.