2024 Undergraduate and Graduate students Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11 at the XL Center, Downtown Hartford, beginning at 10 a.m. All students MUST register via Eventbrite to attend the Commencement ceremony and to receive a ticket. Guest tickets request is unlimited. Register and order tickets via Eventbrite.

In addition to the Commencement Ceremony on May 11, some programs host additional events.

Additional Events

Student Nurses Association (SNA) Pin & Stole Ceremony:    

Date: April 26, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Room

Education Hooding Ceremony:

Date: May 6, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

MSW Hooding Ceremony:

Date: May 7, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Graduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony:

Date: May 9, 2024
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Applied Behavioral Studies Ceremony:

Date: May 9, 2024
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Room

Counseling Ceremony:

Date: May 9, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Room

Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony:

Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Physician Assistant Hooding Ceremony:

Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Undergraduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony:   

Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Dietetic Internship Graduation Ceremony:

Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Room

Baccalaureate Blessings:

Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Chapel

The Office Community Engagement & Spiritual Life is inviting ALL our
2024 graduating students (including doctoral, masters, and undergraduates) of
ALL faith backgrounds to our Baccalaureate Mass. This is a beautiful USJ
tradition that honors and blesses all the work and sacrifices you and your
families have made over these last few years! We would like to offer blessings
to you all on your academic success and journey ahead. Please let us know if
you would be interested in joining this celebration with your family and
friends on Friday, May 10 at 5pm. Registration not required, but strongly
encouraged to help us make sure we are able to support all those in attendance.

Registration link:

Donate to the Catherine’s Fund: Please help us celebrate this momentous occasion by contributing to Catherine’s Fund for student emergencies, dedicated to helping USJ students respond to immediate, essential needs that arise during their time on campus.

Make a gift in honor of your 2024 graduate:

ASD Pinning Ceremony:

Date: August 16, 2024
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Auditorium

Important Information

Please plan to arrive at the XL Center by 8:30 a.m.

You must wear your full academic attire for Commencement (cap, tassel, gown and hood). Tickets are required for the ceremony and are unlimited for guests.  Seating is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, Detailed instructions regarding the processional will be emailed to you in late April.

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 which will be emailed to you.

Important Dates

The Last Day to Submit “Application to Graduate” to the Registrar’s Office is

Friday, April 12, 2024

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 by email: [email protected], or by phone: 860- 231-5225).

Last day to RSVP for Commencement

Friday, April 12, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

This a firm deadline.  Students who do not RSVP by this date may not be allowed to walk in the ceremony.


Students in need of Accessibility Services for commencement should contact Abby-Lyn Dorman, Student Accessibility Coordinator by phone at (860) 231-5730 or email: [email protected]


If you would like to wear a ribbon/stole commemorating your status as a Veteran of the US Military, please contact Ashley Stevens at (860) 231-5705 or [email protected]) by April 12, 2024 at 4 p.m.

USJ regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. Students can purchase regalia at the link below.


This site is currently opened for orders, and will be closed on March 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)


Students can have their regalia shipped to the their home address with a shipping fee of $12.95. Place order before Sunday March 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Shipping fee is $12.95.


Students can have their regalia shipped to the University Bookstore for pick-up at no additional cost. Place order before Sunday, March 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Free shipping.

NOTE: Deadline for placing a cap and gown order is March 31, 2024 for shipping to home or bookstore), 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).


Undergraduate Students: The complete package is $79.90 plus tax. This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel, and medallion. If you purchased regalia for Investiture you will need the remaining pieces (Hood, tassel, and medallion). 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 $134.94 plus tax. This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel, and medallion.

Bookstore Information: 

Location: McGovern Hall, 1st Floor (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 2024 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]


Tell Us Your Post-Grad Plans!


Graduating this year? Let us know your plans! And remember that as a USJ alum, you will always have access to the Career Center! Reach out if you need us at [email protected], and let us know where you’re heading by completing this short survey below!


Graduating students are welcome to attend the following graduation count down activities on campus:

25 Days Left until Graduation:

               Senior Paint the Rock.  April 16th 10-3:30pm, O’Connell Center

10 Days until Graduation: 

              Cap Decorating and Sundae Bar.  May 1st 11-1pm,  McGovern Lounge

              Graduate Champagne Toast: May 10th 7-8:30pm, McGovern Hall Lounge

              Graduate Only Bingo May 10th 8:30-10pm, McGovern Hall Lounge

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