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In addition to information for graduates and their families concerning Commencement Day, this website also provides updates on related Commencement events, both on- and off-campus, as well as important information for graduating seniors. Seniors and their families are encouraged to visit the site frequently to ensure that they have what they need for Commencement.

All Commencement exercises on May 15 and May 16 will be live streamed on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHCv7QIOVhdNyjuTXkbGG8Q

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Eastern is holding outdoor Commencement Exercises on May 15, 2021 for the Class of 2021 and Graduate Students, and on May 16, 2021, for the Class of 2020.

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Important Commencement Information

  • To maintain public health and safety during Commencement Exercises, Eastern Connecticut State University is managing the capacity of our two undergraduate commencement events on May 15. The same public health considerations will apply to our graduate student commencement on May 15 and the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on May 16.  The undergraduate commencement on May 15 is being split into two groups of seniors, and each graduate at all four ceremonies will be limited to two guests each.

    To manage the process of maintaining capacity limits at each event while providing graduates and their guests with free, secure admission tickets, we are instituting an online, electronic ticketing process that will provide graduates with their tickets, as well as tickets for their two guests. The University is finalizing the online ticketing platform and other details.

    Undergraduate Class of 2021

    The undergraduate Class of 2021 will be receiving an email on April 19 with information on how to access their tickets, as well as a unique code to obtain their free ceremony tickets.  The online ticket reservation system will open on Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m.

    Graduate Division Class of 2021

    The Graduate Division Class of 2021 will be receiving an email on April 19 with information on how to access their tickets, as well as a unique code to obtain their free ceremony tickets.  The online ticket reservation system will open on Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m.

    Class of 2020

    The undergraduate Class of 2020 will be receiving an email on April 23 with information on how to access their tickets, as well as a unique code to obtain their free ceremony tickets.  The online ticket reservation system will open on Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m.

  • All graduates attending Commencement must purchase their cap and gown.  Caps and gowns are available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore, either in person, or online at https://ecsu.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome.  The last day to order caps and gowns online is April 23; they can be picked up at the Bookstore through Commencement Day. Graduates completing the Senior Exit Survey are eligible for a $5 discount on their cap and gown.

  • The Class of 2021 is encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair on Wednesday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room.  At that time, if you have completed the Senior Exit Survey, you are eligible for a $5 discount on your cap and gown, which you will be able to pick up at the Bookstore.

  • Let us know what your plans are after graduation and help us stay in touch. Visit https://easternct.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8c5dm5EqqnsqhtI to complete this short survey.

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Ordering Tickets

Coming April 23
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Schedule of Events

Commencement Schedule
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Commencement Map

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To protect the health and safety of our graduates and guests, we ask anyone with COVID symptoms or who is in quarantine not to attend this year’s Commencement ceremonies.
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All questions regarding commencement should be sent to commencement@easternct.edu.