Commencement 2019

Family & Friends

All guests must enter the XL Center through the Trumbull Street entrance.
9 a.m. Ceremony
        Doors will open at 8 a.m. 

3 p.m. Ceremony
        Doors will open at 2 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • No tickets are required for admittance
  • There is no limit to the number of guests per graduate
  • There is no assigned seating
  • Ample seating is expected, but the best seats go first
  • Ushers will be available to assist with seating
  • All guests will be required to pass through security screening
  • No backpacks or large handbags will be allowed into the Center; some handbags may be searched 

For XL Center directions, parking, and lodging information, please follow this link.
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Public parking garages and lots adjacent to the XL Center will be open for parking at the driver’s expense. Additional Hartford Police will be on duty downtown to provide safety and traffic control assistance.

Hartford Parking Authority is offering CCSU, its graduates and their families $5 parking at the MAT Garage (20 Church St. & 55 South Chapel St.) and Chapel Street Lot (58 Chapel St.). Both of them are located a block away from the XL Center. 

Avoid traffic and parking fees by taking Connecticut’s Bus Rapid Transit system (CTfastrak).
Get the schedule and routes here:

XL Center Seating

Click here to download a map of the interior of the XL Center

ADA Information

It is important that graduating students with physical disabilities, who plan to attend commencement, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development at (860) 832-1990 as soon as possible.

Guests with physical disabilities may identify themselves to an XL Center usher for assistance. Please note that the XL Center does not have wheelchairs available.

Guests who use mobility devices (such as but not limited to wheel chairs, either manually operated or power driven, walkers etc.) will find seating at the tops of sections 101, 106, 107, 112, 113, 118, 119, and 124 to view these sections on a map please click here. The seats in these sections can easily be removed or adjusted if needed by one of our Guest Services staff and will leave enough space for guests to sit with or remain in their mobility devices.

A sign language interpreter will be present at the ceremony. For TTY Hearing Impaired reservations, please call (860) 549-7706.

Feel free to contact the XL Center if you have ADA questions:
XL Center
(860) 249-7528
12 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Protocol and Security Procedures

Doors to the XL Center will open at 8 a.m.

All guests and graduates must enter through the Trumbull Street entrance and will then pass through security screening before entering the Coliseum.

Faculty and commencing students should NOT robe until after they have passed through security; those in robes will be asked to remove them before proceeding through security.

No backpacks or large handbags will be allowed into the Center; some handbags may be searched.

For graduating students, there is no secure place to store personal belongings at the XL Center. Please arrange for family members or friends to hold your personal items during the ceremony.

Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the XL Center is strictly prohibited. Alcohol containers will be confiscated. Individuals violating this policy will be denied admission to the commencement ceremony.

The XL Center reserves the right to remove any guest or participant for inappropriate behavior.

Please respect all graduates and their guests - silence all electronic devices and remain seated until the ceremony concludes.

Commencement Speakers

Frequently Asked Questions

Honorary Degree Recipients

Winter 2019


Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Academic Honors
Email the Registrar Staff or call (860) 832-2236

Graduate Degree Requirements
Graduate Studies: (860) 832-2363 

Academic Cap & Gown
Development & Alumni Affairs

Official Commencement Photographer:
Grad Images: (800) 424-3686


For other questions or concerns regarding Commencement, send an email to