2021 Commencement Ceremonies – All Photos

Commencement Program for all graduating students


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.  Events in the O’Connell Center will be live-streamed (see video box below).  Events will also be recorded and able to be viewed by selecting the drop-down arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the video box. There will be multiple ceremonies for undergraduate students (see below):

Friday, May 14
Nursing Commencement and Pinning Ceremonies:

 Nursing 1:  2:30-4 p.m. – O’Connell Center

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

Saturday, May 15
School of Arts, Science, Business, Education (SASBE) and School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science (SIHS) Schools:

School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education:

All majors: 9-11 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: 12-2 p.m. – O’Connell Center

Psychology, Criminal Justice and Child Study:  3-5 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. Events in Hoffman Auditorium will be live-streamed (see video box below).  Events will also be recorded and able to be viewed by selecting the drop-down arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the video box. There will be multiple ceremonies for graduate students (see below):

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

On-campus graduate Education (M.A.T. Comprehensive Special Education, M.A. Special Education, M.A. Special Education Literacy, M.A.T. Early Childhood/Special Education, and M.A. Special Education Advanced Teaching), M.S. in Management, M.S. Biology (online), Biochemistry, and Chemistry: 5-7 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Wednesday, May 12
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: 3-5 p.m. – Chapel (Not Streaming)

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Certificate: 3-5 p.m. – Chapel (Not Streaming)

Clinical Health Counseling, School Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nutrition (online): 5-7 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Thursday, May 13
Social Work:

 MSW: 5-7 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

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

 Pharmacy:  10-12 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

 Physician Assistant: 1-3 p.m. – Hoffman Auditorium

Saturday, May 22
Off-Campus Master of Education

Education (Off-campus programs): 1-2 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.

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]

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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