Frequently Asked Questions

Where/When is Commencement 2019?

Commencement will take place at the XL Center located at One Civic Center Plaza Hartford, CT 06103.
Commencement will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

What time does Graduation start?

At 6:00 p.m.

How long will the ceremony last?

Graduation is usually 2 to 2 ½ hours.

Where can I find directions to the XL Center?

Where can I park?

There is ample parking surrounding the XL Center (public & private).
XL Center Parking Information

Are there extra tickets?

No tickets are required for guests and there is no limit to the number of guests. There are no reserved seats; guests may sit wherever they choose. The best seats fill quickly so time your arrival accordingly. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.

What is appropriate attire for Commencement?

Commencement is a joyous but dignified occasion. The University’s policy is that all graduates participating in the ceremony must wear an approved cap and gown and only *official honors cords may be worn. Personal adornments (e.g., leis, stoles, or messages on gowns) are not consistent with the spirit of the graduation ceremony. Graduates who appear at the Commencement lineup with unapproved adornment will be asked by student or faculty marshals to remove it. Faculty marshals have the authority to prevent anyone in unapproved adornment from processing.

Are there any security measures in place at the XL Center?

Yes. Visit Security/Other XL Center Information for details.

*Official honors cords are those distributed by officially recognized academic honor societies at Eastern or those distributed by the bookstore for students who have earned graduation honors.