Commencement 2023
Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
XL Center, Hartford, CT

2023 Undergraduate and Graduate students Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13 at the XL Center, Downtown Hartford, beginning at 10 a.m. All students MUST RSVP to attend the Commencement ceremony and request tickets (unlimited) for guests via Eventbrite.

Additional Events

In addition to the Commencement ceremony on May 13, some programs host additional events – see event information:

Commencement 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 within a week.  If you are unable to attend, please email [email protected], this will help us in our planning.

NOTE: You are probably reading this communication because you are in one of the semesters eligible to participate at the 2023 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.

Important Dates

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

Friday, April 14, 2023

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 14, 2023, at 4 p.m.



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

Accessibility Services

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 14, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Cap and Gown Purchase

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

This site will be opened February 6 – April 9, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time): Order Here


Students can have their regalia shipped to the their home address with a shipping fee of $14. Place order before Sunday April 9, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Shipping fee is $14.


Students can have their regalia shipped to the University Bookstore for pick-up at no additional cost. Place order before Sunday, March 26, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Free shipping.

NOTE: Deadline for placing a cap and gown order is April 9, 2023 (March 26 for ship to 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). These pieces are $45 plus tax, select the A La Carte Option.

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 (near the Jay’s Nest)
Phone: (860) 233-2349
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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