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

A: The Connecticut College Commencement exercises are held outdoors on Tempel Green. No invitation or ticket is required for this outdoor ceremony. If Commencement must be moved indoors to Palmer Auditorium, due to severe weather, guests will be required to present severe weather tickets. (See the question below regarding the Commencement severe weather plan.) 

Q: Will Commencement be viewable online?

A: Yes. Connecticut College plans to broadcast the Commencement ceremony live online. The broadcast will appear on the Commencement homepage. A recording will be posted following the ceremony.

Q: Where and how can Connecticut College Commencement invitations be purchased?

A: 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 217 in The College Center at Crozier Williams.

Q: Where and how can Connecticut College Commencement announcements be purchased?

A: Jostens, in conjunction with the Connecticut College Bookshop, will be selling personalized graduation announcement packages on their website. For additional information please refer to www.jostens.com. You may place orders directly on the Jostens web site or by calling 800-854-7464. Please allow 2-3 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. 

Q: Where and how can Connecticut College class rings be purchased?

A: Jostens, in conjunction with the Connecticut College Bookshop, holds several on-campus ring dates throughout the academic year. For additional information please refer to http://college.jostens.com/jostens/index.jsp?affiliateId=1037097&flashOptOut=false. You may place orders directly on the Jostens website or by calling 800-854-7464. Please allow 4-5 weeks for delivery.

Q: Where and when can students purchase their caps and gowns?

A: Caps and gowns for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree will be available for purchase at the Connecticut College Bookshop beginning in April 2016. There is no need to pre-order. The price for the student package consisting of a sustainable gown made from recyclable materials and keeper cap with a navy and white tassel is $43.95.

Master’s degree students may rent academic regalia from the Bookshop effectively immediately. Rental prices for master’s regalia are $25.95 robe and $25.95 for the hood. Doctoral regalia may be rented for $28.95 for a robe and $28.95 for a hood. The deadline for placing orders to guarantee on-time delivery is April 5, 2016. Orders placed after April 5 will be subject to a special shipping surcharge by the College’s supplier.

Questions? Email may be sent to bookshop@conncoll.edu or call 860-439-2375.

Q: When and where does Baccalaureate take place?

A: Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 4 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium. This interfaith service of prayers and reflections is an occasion for reminiscence and a form of collective thanksgiving that will include readings, music, and song. No invitation or ticket is required to attend Baccalaureate.

Q: What is Senior Salute?

A: All 2016 graduates and their families are welcome to attend this after-dinner celebration on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:30 p.m. - midnight in Castle Court. Experience a transformation of Castle Court like you've never seen! Enjoy music, a signature cocktail and a gourmet popcorn bar. This event is the culmination of Senior Week, sponsored and hosted by the Office of College Advancement and the Office of Student Engagement. Rain location: 1962 Room in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. 

Q: When and how will students find out if they have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa?

A: Students will receive written notice of their election to Phi Beta Kappa through campus mail. They should read the letter of invitation very 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 21, at 10 a.m. in Evans Hall of the Cummings Arts Center.

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

A: The College has retained GradImages™ to take a candid photo of each senior. Prior to the ceremony you may register your permanent email address at www.gradimages.com. Click on the Pre-Event Registration tab and receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. After the ceremony proofs will be posted on the internet and mailed to graduates within one week after the ceremony. You may select from a variety of photo packages, place orders, and obtain answers to questions at www.gradimages.com or by calling 800-261-2576. 

Q: Are there flowers that can be purchased for the graduates?

A: Fresh flowers and commemorative Class of 2016 t-shirts will be available for purchase at the Connecticut College Commencement Ceremony. You may 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/

Q: Will there be special parking for individuals with disabilities or health concerns?

A: If you or a family member have special needs, please stop at the gatehouse upon entering campus and you will be directed to special parking. If you wish to reserve a wheelchair, please call the Office of Events and Catering at 860-439-5356, by Monday, May 9, 2016.

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

A: Assistive listening devices for people with hearing impairments are available. 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. They are located on the green to the right of the platform party tent but can also be requested at the handicapped seating area if preferred. 

Q: What time should I arrive on Tempel Green for Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22?

A: 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.

Q: Can I reserve seats for my family on Tempel Green?

A: Students and their families may label chairs on Tempel Green no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Any signs posted prior to this will be removed by the Facilities Management crew setting up the Green.

Q. How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

A. Commencement generally lasts 2 1/2 hours.

Q. Who is invited to attend the luncheon on Sunday, May 22?

A. Immediately following the ceremony, Connecticut College cordially invites all Commencement attendees to the luncheon.

Q. Are listings of area hotels and restaurants available? 

A. The Mystic Country website contains a listing of lodging of all types in our area as well as a list of restaurants.

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

A. In addition to the complimentary post-Commencement luncheon on Sunday, May 22, meals and snacks can be purchased at the following facilities:

The Oasis Snack Shop, located in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, will be open Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, May 22, the Oasis will be open for cash sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Harris Dining Hall will be open Saturday for breakfast/lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. with a modified dinner menu.

Sunday, May 22, Harris will be open for breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and for dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Per person guest meal rates in Harris are: $5.25 breakfast, $7.50 brunch/lunch/modified dinner.

Q. What happens in the event of rain or inclement weather?

A. It is important to remember that we will try to hold the Commencement exercises outside under most circumstances (if raining, bring rain gear) and no tickets are needed for an outdoor ceremony.

However, if the weather is deemed dangerous and severe, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Palmer Auditorium.

Due to limited seating in the auditorium, each student will receive two (2) severe weather tickets. There are no exceptions to this policy. Seniors must pick up these tickets on Friday, May 20 in the College Center at Crozier-Williams Room 217 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., regardless of the weather forecast. Tickets will not be issued after 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Seniors who are unable to pick up their tickets themselves may send a friend with written permission from the absent senior. If a family member/guest does not have a ticket, he/she will not be allowed into Palmer Auditorium.

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live via the Internet and viewing will be available in the following locations: Cummings Arts Center (Evans Hall and Oliva Hall), F.W. Olin Science Center (Room 014) and the Blaustein Humanities Center (classrooms 203 and 210). The ceremony is also available on the web, viewable with any portable device. 

Please note that internal viewing will be available on Commencement Sunday in Blaustein Humanities Center regardless of the weather. 

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

A. Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms no later than 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

Q. Where should guests park for Commencement Weekend activities?

A. Please be aware that 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 21 and Sunday, May 22, guests may not park in handicapped designated spots without appropriate vehicle tags. Families are strongly encouraged to carpool from their homes or hotels to reduce the number of cars to be parked on campus.

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

A. Connecticut College recognizes the desire of its graduating seniors to celebrate with family and friends during Commencement Weekend. In order to balance this desire with the College’s need to devote its resources to the “official” weekend events, a policy has been developed regarding private party requests from students. View the Private Parties Policy.