2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15 in the O’Connell Center on the West Hartford campus. All students MUST RSVP to attend the Commencement ceremony and request tickets for up to two guests.  The events will be live-streamed (links coming soon). There will be multiple ceremonies for undergraduate students (see below):

Friday, May 14, Nursing Commencement and Pinning Ceremonies.  (Times are approximate at this time):

         Nursing 1:  2:00-4:00 p.m. – O’Connell Center

         Nursing 2:  5:00-7:00 p.m. – O’Connell Center

Saturday, May 15, School of Arts, Science, Business, Education (SASBE) and School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science (SIHS) Schools.  (Times are approximate at this time):

School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education:

All majors: 9:00-11:00 a.m. – O’Connell Center

Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Special Education, English, History, Mathematics, Management, Public Policy and Advocacy, Spanish

School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science:

Nutrition, Public Health, Health Science, and Social Work: 12:00-2:00 p.m. – O’Connell Center

Psychology, Criminal Justice and Child Study:  3:00-5:00 p.m. – O’Connell Center


2021 Graduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, May 11 through Friday, May 14 on the West Hartford campus.  The events will be live-streamed (link coming soon). There will be multiple ceremonies for graduate students (see below:)

Tuesday, May 11th, Education, Management, Online Sciences Ceremonies:

           Education 1: 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

           Education 2: Management, and Online Sciences:  7:00-9:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Wednesday, May 12th, Nursing & DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Clinical Health Counseling and School Counseling, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Online Nutrition Ceremonies: 

           FNP and DNP Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies: 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Chapel

           Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Certificate: 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Chapel

           Clinical Health Counseling and School Counseling: 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

           Applied Behavior Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, Online Nutrition:

                       7:00-9:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Thursday, May 13th, Social Work:

            MSW 1: 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

            MSW 2: 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Friday, May 14th, Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies:

             Pharmacy 1:  9:00-10:30 a.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

             Pharmacy 2: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

             Physician Assistant: 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Saturday, May 22nd, Education/Special Education Off-Campus Commencement Ceremony:

           Education/Special Education Off-campus: 11:00-1:00 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Please arrive on campus 30 minutes before your designated ceremony start time.

You must wear your full academic attire for Commencement (cap, tassel, gown and hood). Tickets are required for the ceremony and there is a limit of two guests per graduate for undergraduate ceremonies and no guests for graduate ceremonies. This limit is subject to change based upon guidelines from the State of Connecticut.  Seating is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, your guests will need to sit together and maintain social distancing from other guests.  Masks will be required for all attendees. Detailed instructions regarding the processional will be emailed to you.

All students MUST RSVP to attend the Commencement ceremony.  Your RSVP will ensure a reader name card is created for you and enough student seating is planned.  Thank you very much for your anticipated assistance. Your student RSVP can be made by ordering a student ticket from Eventbrite. Please check your USJ email for the Eventbrite RSVP link specific to your commencement ceremony.


Last Day to Submit an Application to Graduate to the Registrar’s Office

Friday, April 16, 2021

This is a firm deadline, students who do not submit their applications by this date will not be allowed to walk in the ceremony and/or have their name in the program. If you have any questions about this please contact the Registrar’s Office ([email protected], (860) 231-5225).

Last day to RSVP for Commencement

Friday, April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m.

This a firm deadline.  Students who do not RSVP by this date may not be allowed to walk in the ceremony and may not have their name listed in the program.

Cap & Gown Purchase

USJ Regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. Students can purchase regalia at:

Students can have the regalia shipped to the University Bookstore for pick-up or to their homes for a $14 shipping fee.


Undergraduate Students: The complete package is $79.90 plus tax. This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel, medallion, and collar. If you purchased regalia for Investiture you will need to remaining pieces (Hood, tassel, medallion, and collar). They are $39.95 plus tax.

Masters Students: The complete package is $94.90 plus tax. This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel, and medallion.

Doctoral Students: The complete package is $134.90 plus tax. This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel, and medallion.

Note: The purchase of the regalia from the University of Saint Joseph Bookstore is required for every participating student at Commencement.   Due to shipping times during the pandemic regalia orders should be placed as soon as possible and no later than April 6, 2021.

Accessibility Services:  Students in need of Accessibility Services for commencement should contact Jennifer Boylan, Student Accessibility Coordinator by phone at (860) 231-5481 or email: [email protected]

Bookstore Information: 

     Location: McGovern Hall (near the Jay’s Nest).  Phone#: (860) 233-2349

     Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note: You are probably reading this communication because you are in one of the semesters eligible to participate at the 2021 Commencement; however, it is important to note that this information does not guarantee your ability to receive degree conferral. If you have questions about your eligibility to receive degree conferral or participate in Commencement, please direct those questions to the Registrar’s Office, [email protected] or (860) 231-5225.

If you are unable to attend Commencement or have questions:  Please email [email protected]

COVID-19 Policies & Guidelines:

All students must follow current COVID-19 guidelines.  A mask must be worn at all times and maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others. 

As we have all learned during the pandemic, things can change with very little notice and we cannot control how and when the State changes guidelines and if that happens we will need to adjust accordingly.


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