Family posing at Commencement 2015
Commencement: Information for Guests
Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises will be held on campus under the commencement tent on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

The ceremony will include remarks from the dean, the commencement speaker and three graduates and the conferring of JD, LLM and SJD degrees. The procession of students begins at 10:30 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.  A link to the live stream of the ceremony will be posted closer to the date of the event. The ceremony is expected to conclude by 12:30 p.m., at which time the students will be available for family photographs and activities. Graduates and guests are invited to join members of the Law School Alumni Association at the Thomas J. Meskill Law Library for a reception immediately following the ceremony.


There will be open seating under the tent. A diagram of the tent can be found here: Tent Seating Chart. Tickets are not required.

If you require accommodated seating please complete the Accessible Seating/Parking Form.

Guests with Disabilities

UConn School of Law celebrates all kinds of diversity, including people with disabilities. Guests requiring a reasonable accommodation for a disability should send a notice to

Guests requiring accessible parking and/or seating should complete the form and return it by April 17, 2020.


Commencement exercises will be held, rain or shine, under the commencement tent. If weather is questionable, a notice would be posted on the Law School website.

Travel to Hartford

Guests traveling from out of state can elect to drive, fly or take the bus or train into our city.

Bradley International Airport is the closest commercial airport while Union Station is our local bus and train station.

For more information about what you can do while visiting Hartford, please visit the City of Hartford website.

Maps and Directions

Maps and directions to the UConn School of Law can be found in the About section of our website.


Guests will have access to all of the available parking spots on the Law School campus. Parking is also available at the Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Historical Society, as well as the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School and on the streets surrounding campus.

If you require accessible parking, please complete the accessible seating/parking form.


There will be professional photographers at the ceremony taking portrait photos of candidates. Student wishing to receive a color proof must have filled out the address card that will be provided at the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to the address provided on the card. If a valid e-mail address is available to the photographer, a link to commencement photograph proofs will also be sent to participating graduates via e-mail.

Members of the audience using hand-held cameras may take photos during the ceremony from areas reserved for that purpose. In order to accommodate everyone, individuals are requested to move to those areas for only a short interval and then return to their seats.


In order to stay on top of important developments during graduation, the University has a new text-based communication tool. To receive updates and notices if and when the need arises during graduation weekend, text UConnLaw20 to 888-777. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to the same number. Please note that, based on your wireless provider, data and messaging rates may apply.

It is of utmost importance that we maintain the security and safety of everyone taking part in our ceremony. Certain items are not allowed under the tent, including alcoholic beverages, noise-making devices and weapons of any type. Neither guests nor graduates may bring any of these items into the commencement tent.

Please let the UConn Police Department know immediately if you have any security concerns. If a police officer is not visible, please alert a member of the commencement staff wearing a orange lanyard.


The university bookstore has apparel, gifts and accessories for purchase at the downtown Hartford campus or on their website.

Other Information

Guests with Small Children: A family room, including a diaper changing table, is available on the first floor of William F. Starr Hall.

Animals: Guests should not bring pets to the commencement ceremony. Service animals are allowed under the tent. If you have any questions regarding service animals, please send a note to

Smoking: Smoking on the Law School campus is allowed only in the designated area behind the commencement tent.