Tom Breen

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Close up of a UConn-decorated mortarboard

2022 Commencement at a Glance

Students in full regalia gathered with their classmates and processed together to hear their names called as they join the great community of graduates stretching all the way back to 1883.

Hartford Courant

Graduation Ceremonies at Connecticut Colleges Were Limited for 2 Years. 2022 Looks Different

A group of graduating students toss their caps into the air while standing in front of the UConn gateway sign on April 28, 2020.

Why You Went to College

'You came here to learn to question beliefs, to think independently, to recognize injustice and to have the tools that you need to change the world'

Two women stand on a dirt road, one carrying a wooden cross. They are waiting to bury a relative killed in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

How Burying the Dead Keeps the Living Human

Funerary rites are ostensibly about the dead. But their importance lies in the roles they play for the living

Wilbur Cross on a fall day on Oct. 15, 2019.

Celebrating UConn’s Class of 2022

A class full of dynamism, innovation, and passion

Herald pipers announce the arrival of the faculty during the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources commencement ceremony at Gampel Pavilion on May 11, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

2022 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Speakers from a broad range of fields and backgrounds will share their wisdom with UConn's Class of 2022

Spoon with pills isolated on white background.

The Dietary Supplement You’re Taking Could be Tainted with Prescription Medications and Dangerous Hidden Ingredients, According to a New Study

Many over-the-counter products – particularly those used for sexual enhancement and weight loss – are tainted with undisclosed pharmaceutical ingredients

Discover Magazine

A Tiny Yet Vital Organism May Adapt to Climate Change With ‘Hidden Costs’

John Bell, director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, turned a cardboard box into a toy theater during an online workshop that can be found at the Ballard website. (Photo courtesy Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry)

Puppets Seize Fairfield Way Today at Noon!

A world-famous puppeteering troupe will perform in the center of campus on April 20, ahead of a weekend production on the South Campus lawn

Sad depressed woman covers her eyes with her hands surrounded by people walking in crowded street. Panic attack in public place.

Psychological Tips Aren’t Enough – Policies Need to Address Structural Inequities so Everyone Can Flourish

In the era of pandemic malaise, who gets to flourish?