More than 1,200 University of Hartford students will celebrate the completion of their degrees during the University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19, and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Both events begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn outside the Gengras Student Union.
About 350 graduate students will receive master’s and doctoral degrees on Saturday and nearly 900 undergraduate students will receive bachelor’s and associate degrees on Sunday.
University President Gregory Woodward will preside over his first spring Commencement weekend at UHart. He became the University’s sixth president on July 1, 2017.
Alumnus Charles “Chuck” Pagano ’84, M’07 will deliver the keynote address on Saturday. Pagano is the retired executive vice president and chief technology officer at ESPN and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
Also on Saturday, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded to Linda J. Kelly who served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving from 2005 until her retirement in 2017. She was the first female and first person of color to lead the organization since its establishment in 1925.
On Sunday, three exceptional students will be honored during the ceremony, Yonathan Shavit from Brookline, Mass., Scott Veilleux from Newington, Conn., and Jarrett Lagler from Zionsville, Penn. Read about their award-worthy accomplishments here.
Five outstanding faculty will receive awards of recognition on Sunday. They are Caryn Christensen, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Lillian T. Kamal, Associate Professor of Economics in the Barney School of Business; Deborah Kidder, professor of management and chair of the Department of Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship in the Barney School of Business; Yingcui Li, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Alan Rust, Director of the Theatre Division in The Hartt School. Read more about their awards here.
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Garvey Pitts Jr. will be Sunday's keynote speaker. He writes one of the most popular newspaper columns in the country and has written a series of critically acclaimed books, including his latest, Racism in America: Cultural Codes and Color Lines in the 21st Century, a collection of his articles. His lifelong devotion to the art and craft of words has yielded stellar results, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Pitts will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters.
An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded on Sunday to President Emeritus Walter Harrison who retired in June, 2017 after serving as president for 19 years. You can find more information on the speakers and honorary degree recipients here.
Also on Sunday, Stephen M. Mulready M’77, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award that is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in his or her professional endeavors, as well as in personal and civic involvement. Mulready holds an MBA in management systems from the Barney School of Business. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Crum & Forster, a property and casualty company. Learn more about him here.
For Commencement ceremony logistics such as driving directions, campus maps, and diploma ceremony locations, please visit the Commencement event site here.