Connecticut College 105th
Commencement May 22, 2022

When is Commencement? 

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Do family members and guests need invitations or tickets to attend Commencement?

The Connecticut College Commencement exercises are held outdoors on Tempel Green. No invitation or ticket is required for this outdoor ceremony. The College will do everything possible to maintain an outdoor ceremony, including possibly delaying the start time. 

What is the masking policy during Commencement weekend? 

Per College policy, there is no current mask mandate on campus.  

May guests participate in the senior celebration activities before Commencement? 

Yes, guests are welcome to attend the certificate and award ceremonies during Commencement weekend. Please see the current schedule of events. 

Where and how can Connecticut College Commencement invitations be purchased?  

Each student will receive four (4) Commencement invitations in his/her College mailbox following Spring Break. Please note that invitations are not required to attend the Commencement ceremony. If additional invitations are desired, please contact the Events Office, events@conncoll.edu or stop into room 219 in The College Center at Crozier-Williams.

Where and how can Connecticut College Commencement announcements be purchased?

Jostens, in conjunction with the Connecticut College Bookshop, will be selling personalized graduation announcement packages on their website. You can place orders directly on the Jostens website or by calling 800-854-7464. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Please note that Connecticut College does not determine Latin Honors until the week prior to Commencement, so it is not possible to have this honor noted on announcements. 

Where and how can Connecticut College Class rings be purchased?

Jostens, in conjunction with the Connecticut College Bookshop, holds several on-campus ring dates throughout the academic year.  For additional information, please refer to the Jostens website. You can place orders directly on the Jostens website or by calling 800-854-7464. Please allow four to five weeks for delivery.

Where and when can students purchase their caps and gowns?

Caps and gowns for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree will be available for purchase at the Connecticut College Bookshop. Our vendor partner will ship supplies in March. It is recommended that students purchase their gowns in the Bookshop after March break. All graduates should purchase their gowns by Tuesday, May 16. The price for the student package consisting of a sustainable gown made from recycled materials and a keeper cap with a navy and white tassel is $50. Pieces may be purchased separately.

Questions? Send emails to store manager Deborah Silvers at 0559mgr@follett.com or call 860-439-2377.

Additionally, please note the book shop will be open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Commencement Sunday, May 21.

When and how will students learn if they have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa?

Students will receive written notice of their election to Phi Beta Kappa through campus mail in April. They should read the letter of invitation carefully, as they must affirmatively indicate their willingness to join the chapter and to participate in the initiation ceremony. The Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony will be conducted on Saturday morning, May 20, at 10 a.m. in Evans Hall of the Cummings Arts Center. 

When and how will students be notified of Latin Honors?

Cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors are listed in the Commencement program. Students are not notified ahead of time and there is no cord presented to them.  

Will there be a photographer at Commencement to take pictures of each graduating senior?

The College has retained GradImages™ to take photos of each senior. Prior to the ceremony, you can register your permanent email address at www.gradimages.com/registration and receive a coupon code for 20% off a purchase of $50 or more. After the ceremony, proofs will be posted at www.gradimages.com and each graduate will receive a personalized email and proof mailer within one week after the ceremony. You can select from a variety of photo packages, place orders and obtain answers to questions at www.gradimages.com or by calling 800-261-2576 or send an email to ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

Are there flowers that can be purchased for the graduates?

Fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the Connecticut College Commencement Ceremony. Commencement Flowers will also be offering a commemorative 2023 class T-shirt. You can browse available products to pre-purchase and reserve your flowers or T-shirts ahead of time by clicking the following link:  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/connecticutcollege/

Will there be designated parking for people with disabilities or health concerns?  

If you or a family member have special needs, please stop at the gatehouse upon entering campus and you will be directed to designated parking. If you would like to reserve a wheelchair, please call the Office of Events and Catering at (860) 439-5462 by Monday, May 1, 2023.

How will students provide their name pronunciation to Commencement staff? 

All seniors should call (860) 439-2361 and speak their name slowly and exactly how they would like it repeated at Commencement. 

If you have concerns about hearing the ceremony, what are your options?

Assistive listening devices for people with hearing impairments are available for internal viewing in Evans Hall. They can be found at the Commencement information tent near Palmer Auditorium. Additionally, there is a sign language interpreter for the duration of the ceremony. Commencement is also live streamed so earbuds with a personal cell phone also may be used.  

What time should I arrive on Tempel Green for Commencement exercises?

The Commencement processional begins at 10:30 a.m. Plan to arrive at Tempel Green no later than 10 a.m. A luncheon will be served immediately following the Commencement ceremonies and will be a short walk from the event in the Harris Refectory and the lawn behind Harris.

Can I reserve seats for my family on Tempel Green?

Students and their families may label chairs on Tempel Green no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21. Any signs posted prior to this will be removed by the Facilities Management crew setting up the green.

How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

Commencement generally lasts 2 1/2 hours.

Is everyone (family members, friends, etc.) invited to attend the luncheon on Sunday, May 21?

Immediately following the ceremony, Connecticut College cordially invites all of our Commencement guests to attend the luncheon.

Is there a list of local hotels and restaurants?

New London, Waterford and nearby Mystic, Groton and Stonington have a variety of hotels and restaurants that are convenient to campus. Guests are welcome to click here to see available hotels in the area. 

Will childcare be provided for guests? 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer childcare for guests. 

Are meals and snacks available for purchase on campus during Commencement Weekend?

In addition to the complimentary post-Commencement luncheon on Sunday, May 21, Connecticut College Dining Services has set the following hours for other facilities: The Oasis Snack Shop, in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, will be open Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. On Sunday, May 21, the Oasis will be open from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Oasis Snack Shop accepts cash and credit cards. Harris Dining Hall will be open Saturday, May 20, for breakfast/lunch from 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4:30–6 p.m. with a modified dinner menu. Sunday, May 21, Harris will be open for breakfast from 8 am.–10:30 a.m. and offer a modified dinner menu from 4:30–6 p.m. Per person guest meal rates are: $6 breakfast, $8.25 lunch/modified dinner. Harris accepts cash payments only. 

What time do students need to move out of their residence halls?

Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms no later than 10 pm. on Sunday, May 21.

Where should guests park for Commencement Weekend activities?

Parking will be tight on campus during Commencement Weekend. Guests may park on campus in the south lot, the north lot and at the Athletic Center. While parking restrictions designating spaces for faculty, staff and students will not apply on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, guests may not park in handicapped designated spots without appropriate vehicle tags and should park legally according to posted signs. Families are strongly encouraged to carpool from their homes or hotels to reduce the number of cars to be parked on campus.

Can seniors host private parties on campus with families and friends?

Due to COVID-19 precautions and space limitations, we are unable to host private parties this year on campus.