Graduation FAQs

Sunday, June 5, 2022

The in-person graduation ceremony will take place at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center inside the Belding Theater, located at 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106. The post-graduation reception for graduates and their families will immediately follow at a nearby restaurant in Downtown Hartford. (The exact location of the reception has not yet been determined. Please check back later).

The graduation ceremony will begin with the processional at 11:00 a.m. All graduates wishing to participate in the in-person ceremony must check in at the Autorino Great Hall, located on the second floor of The Bushnell, no later than 10:30 a.m.

The doors will open for Charter Oak graduates and guests at 9:30 a.m. All graduates must check in at the Autorino Great Hall, located on the second floor of The Bushnell, no later than 10:30 a.m. Please allow extra time for parking and entry into the building. There will be a photo station and other opportunities to take pictures with Charter Oak staff and faculty, distinguished guests, and Charter Oak’s new mascot, Oaklee, prior to the start of the ceremony.

For a complete description of COVID-19 safety precautions, including the mask policy and up-to-date vaccination and/or testing requirements at The Bushnell,please visit the website: https://bushnell.org/visit/health-safety-covid-19.

Yes. The entire graduation ceremony will be professionally recorded and streamed live on YouTube with closed captioning available for anyone to watch from the comfort of their homes. The stream will go live at 11:00 a.m. and will continue for the duration of the ceremony. The link to access the live stream will be sent to the Charter Oak email inboxes of all graduates and will be posted to Charter Oak’s Graduation webpage (https://www.charteroak.edu/graduation/by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Yes. Caps and gowns are required for the live ceremony. To place your order, please visit https://charteroak.shopoakhalli.com.

The graduation ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes to two hours from start to finish.

Yes. Each graduate is entitled to a maximum of three tickets for family members or other guests of their choice to attend the ceremony. Additional tickets may be made available, if space permits, on a first-come, first-served basis. Friends, families, and loved ones will also be able to watch the event live on YouTube.

Free parking is available in the State of Connecticut parking lot along Capitol Avenue and Buckingham Garage on the corner of Buckingham Street and Washington Street. The Buckingham Garage will open at 9:00 a.m. and the garage will close one hour after the end of the ceremony. Accessible parking is available in these lots. Free spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If the free parking lot is full, parking is available at several reserved paid lots. Parking costs $5 plus tax and can only be paid using a credit card at a ProPark kiosk. You'll need your license plate number when paying at the kiosk.  

Street Parking is also available and can be paid for using a City of Hartford parking kiosk. Be aware of signage that indicates restricted street parking hours. In the event of snow, the City of Hartford may ban street parking.  

The Bushnell is located in Downtown Hartford at 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106  

From the North or South, take I-91 to Exit 29A (Capitol Area). Go halfway around the rotary, and bear right onto Elm Street. Take the first left onto West Street. Turn right onto Capitol Avenue and continue one block to The Bushnell. 

From the East, take I-84 West to Exit 50 (Main Street). At the second light, turn left onto Main Street. At the tenth light, turn right onto Capitol Avenue. Continue three blocks to The Bushnell. 

From the West, take I-84 East to Exit 48B (Capitol Avenue/Asylum Street). Bear right onto Capitol Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Capitol Avenue. Continue one block to The Bushnell. 

CTfastrak and CTtransit are great options for getting to downtown Hartford, including The Bushnell. CTfastrak is Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit system with frequent service and free parking in many locations. CTtransit has routes that serve downtown from the entire greater Hartford region. For more information call 860.525.9181 or visit www.cttransit.com.  

As you take some time to truly appreciate the result of all your hard work, take a moment to consider a way to memorialize your journey by placing a tribute of thanks to your support system in the 2021 Charter Oak State College Commencement Program Book and be a part of the senior legacy fund simply by donating $20.21.

Share the tribute link with your family and friends, as they may want to send a congratulatory / well-done tribute too. Program Books will be mailed to each graduate and posted online in June, prior to the ceremony.

Proceeds from the tribute adds will benefit future students of Charter Oak through the COSC Foundation.

The Senior Legacy Fund unites the Charter Oak State College senior class in a fund-raising effort. All donations are part of the Charter Oak State College Foundation Annual Fund and are used to support Charter Oak State College students through grants and scholarships.

Celebrate your school spirit with a yard sign announcing your upcoming graduation or show your acorn pride by donning your school wear! Charter Oak State College offers two online merchandise shops. The Official Charter Oak State College Shop and the Official Charter Oak Alumni Store.

Yes, you are a part of the Charter Oak State College family. You should stay in touch and continue the relationship. Membership is open to anyone who has received a degree from the College. Membership fees are $15 per year or $150 for Lifetime Membership. Simply send a check along with the Alumni Association Membership form to: COSC Alumni Association, 55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053

Graduates who have completed all their coursework, met their financial obligations and have no holds on their account can expect to receive their diploma six to eight weeks after the graduation date. All items are mailed to the address provided on the graduation application.

If your address or name changes, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@charteroak.edu. To be certain that you receive your mailed diploma, be sure to complete a change of address form with the Post Office.

For additional questions, contact Jon Draper, Commencement Coordinator, at commencement@charteroak.edu.