In order to best protect the health and well-being of our University community, and in accordance with the latest public health guidance, we are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all members of our University community. More than 475 colleges and universities across the country – including many of our peer institutions in Connecticut – have implemented this policy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their campuses.
Fully vaccinated members of our University community will be able to immerse themselves in work and learning environments featuring pre-pandemics norms for class formats, student life, and other staples of the Charger experience.
University of New Haven to award 1,600 Degrees During Two In-Person Commencement Ceremonies on May 17
Morning and afternoon ceremonies will take place at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. The Commencement address will be delivered by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal ’00 Hon., and honorary degrees will be awarded to business executive and philanthropist His Excellency Mr. Amr Al-Dabbagh as well as longtime University benefactor Lois Bergami.
May 10, 2021
With comprehensive COVID protocols in place, the University of New Haven is set to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies for its Class of 2021 on Monday, May 17, at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. More than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded.
The keynote address will be delivered by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal. A longtime supporter of the University of New Haven, Senator Blumenthal was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010, following a distinguished 20-year tenure as Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.
Also during the morning ceremony, the University will award an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree to His Excellency Mr. Amr Al-Dabbagh, the chairman and CEO of the Al-Dabbagh Group, a family-owned business conglomerate founded in 1962 that has been recognized among the top companies to work for in Saudi Arabia. He also is the founder of Philanthropy University, which he established to help nonprofit leaders make an impact around the world.
At the afternoon ceremony, the University will award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Lois Bergami. One of the University’s most devoted benefactors, Lois and her husband, Sam Bergami ’85 EMBA ’02 Hon., were instrumental in the development of the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the University’s newest academic building that opened last year. The home of the University’s award-winning campus radio station also bears Lois Bergami’s name.
At Commencement, each graduate is permitted to have two guests. All guests will be seated in “pods” that are physically distanced from other guests. All guests and graduates must show proof of either being fully vaccinated; a negative COVID-19 test taken on or after May 14 for graduates or on or after May 12 for guests; or a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days. Anyone who tests positive on or after May 7 will not be permitted to attend the ceremony.