Reserving Harkness Chapel

Concerts for Non-College Groups

Harkness Chapel is available to groups outside of the immediate college community for concerts. Groups interested in renting the chapel must do so when classes are not in session. When permission is granted to schedule an outside event during the academic term, all parts of the event must be scheduled after 5 p.m. including set up, rehearsals and clean up. There are no exceptions. No reservations will be made to conflict with the term programs of the students or faculty of the college. Non-Connecticut College groups are charged a fee for the use of the building, except for those that are, in part, sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, or groups in which Connecticut College students are part of the production. Contact Laurie McGrath, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life administrative assistant, or call 860-439-2450.

Weddings, Funeral and Baptisms

Harkness Chapel is available for weddings, funerals, memorial services and baptisms, with certain limitations. No weddings or rehearsals will be scheduled during the academic term between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Services conducted in Harkness Chapel generally must be religious ceremonies. There are no set fees for funerals or memorial services but you are welcome to make a tax-deductible gift to Harkness Chapel.

When the chapel is available, its use for weddings, funerals, memorial services and baptisms is restricted to:

  • Connecticut College alumni and their immediate family members. Immediate family members are: mother, father, sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren and grandparents
  • Students enrolled in degree programs and their immediate family members
  • Current members of the faculty, administration and staff, and their immediate family members
  • Current faculty of The Williams School and their immediate family members may also receive permission to use Harkness Chapel

Appropriate insurance must be provided for all events in Harkness Chapel. Contact Laurie McGrath, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life administrative assistant, or call 860-439-2450 with questions.

Please follow these steps:

Determine availability: Reservations for the Chapel are made through the ORSL, not the College's Events Office. This ensures availability and places the reservation on the chapel's separate calendar. No weddings or outside events may be scheduled during Fall Weekend, Commencement Weekend or Alumni Reunion Weekend. Please contact Laurie McGrath, the ORSL office administrative assistant, or call at 860-439-2450.

Reserve the date: No reservation will be confirmed until the officiant has been determined and has consented to perform the ceremony.

Arrange for visiting clergy: Visiting clergy are welcome, but permission must be obtained in advance from the College chaplain of the appropriate faith tradition. Contact the chaplains. The College chaplains may be available to conduct weddings for couples in need of clergy. Those wishing to pursue this possibility should make arrangements with the appropriate chaplain.

In the case of Roman Catholic weddings: Couples planning to be married in the Roman Catholic faith must complete a marriage preparation program. Visiting Catholic clergy must obtain delegation from the Connecticut College Catholic chaplain, the Rev. Laurence LaPointe.


The main floor of the chapel is wheelchair-accessible, with a ramp and railing at the main entrance, and there is an accessible restroom on that floor.

Contact Information:



Email Laurie McGrath,

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Harkness Chapel
Box 5203
New London, CT 06320-4196