UNH Manchester students taking a "selfie'' at the 2015 commencement ceremony

32nd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 2017 
Held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. 

As both a college and a campus of the University of New Hampshire, we host an annual commencement ceremony for our students here in Manchester.

The ceremony is a very special occasion for students and families. It's also very important to the faculty and staff who have mentored and supported the students along the way.

The personal attention students receive here is carried through graduation as each student name is called and they walk across the stage to accept their University of New Hampshire diploma.

Kate Luczko, president and CEO of Stay Work Play New Hampshire, delivered UNH Manchester’s 2016 commencement address. Luczko has an enduring relationship with the college, graduating with a business degree in 2008 and subsequently serving as a member of the adjunct faculty and the college’s Business Advisory Board. 

Check back for more 2017 Commencement info!

Before the celebration begins, don't forget to file your intent-to-graduate form!

Undergraduate Students

File an Intent-to-Graduate form at the beginning of your final semester of study. Forms may be filed electronically through MyUNH / Webcat > Student Records > Graduation > Apply to Graduate. This form must be filled out in order to receive an invitation to participate in the ceremony.

You may also want to take a look at this Graduate FAQ from Academic Counseling.

For additional assistance, please contact the Academic Counseling office.

Graduate Students

Graduate students must file their intent-to-graduate online. Visit the Grad School page for more information.

Cap and Gown Purchase and Pick Up

Please order online at:
Cap and Gowns must be ordered by Friday, April 8.

To pick-up your pre-ordered cap and gown:

April 27

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Commencement Fair
UNH Manchester
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

If you are unable to attend the Commencement Fair please contact Jamie Saucier to arrange to pick up your cap and gown on an alternate date.

Pre-Orders and Pricing

Order your cap and gown online.

Pre-orders can be shipped to you, or can be picked-up at one of the designated campus distribution times.
Bachelor and Masters students purchase gowns because the negotiated buying price is less than the cost of renting. Pricing listed includes; gown, mortar board, tassel, and for Masters and Ph.D. gowns, the appropriate hood.
Associate and Bachelor: $15.50
Master: $31.00
Ph.D. Rental: $40.00 (includes prepaid return label)
Ph.D. Purchase:Souvenir Quality: $61.45; Standard: $99.00; Deluxe: $299.00.

Cash or check only, please. Checks should be made out to "University Cap and Gown".
Questions can be directed to University Cap and Gown at 978-686-4566.


Caps and Gowns (regalia) are required for all faculty and graduates participating in the Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

Gown styles differ for Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. candidates. Associate degree candidates wear Bachelor gowns. All graduate gowns at UNH are black. Masters candidates have hoods with colors that correspond to academic degree. Ph.D. candidates wear a hood specific to UNH. The cap and gown vendor knows what is required and will provide you with the appropriate regalia.


If you have questions or concerns about your order, or the ordering process, please contact University Cap and Gown, our independent vendor at 978-686-4566, or see them at any of the scheduled on-campus pick-up times.


Thursday, May 18 6:00p.m.
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Please contact Julie Demers at 603-641-4360 or with any questions.

Guest Tickets

Seating for commencement is limited. Guests will be required to present a ticket for seating. Guests who do not have tickets are welcome to stand. Students who filed a Commencement participation form by April 18 are eligible to receive up to five guest tickets for the ceremony. Depending on availability, three additional tickets per student may be available the week of May 2 on a first come, first serve basis.

Strollers, carriages and large carriers will not be permitted in the seating area. Guests may leave their strollers at an attended check area or may relinquish their seat for the standing area where they may be accompanied by their strollers.

Guests with disabilities 

Students are asked to provide us with information regarding special accommodations for themselves and their guests. Please contact us at least two weeks before the ceremony so we can best assist you. UNHSecurity Officers and ushers will be available during the ceremony to offer additional assistance. Contact Julie Demers at 603-641-4360


Parking is available at the Center of New Hampshire parking garage. The entrances are on Granite Street and on West Central Street. You may also choose to park at UNH Manchester (88 Commercial Street) and walk to the ceremony location. Please note that the garage exits do get congested immediately following the ceremony when everyone is leaving.


Faculty are requested to notify Ellen Ruggles at of their intent to participate in the Commencement Ceremony by Monday, April 18.


Thursday, May 18, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester

Seating is available for faculty members who are unable or prefer not to participate in the procession but wish to attend the ceremony.

Faculty who arrive late for the procession cannot be guaranteed seating in the faculty section.

The Commencement ceremony is expected to end by 7:30 p.m. Faculty members are invited to stay after the ceremony to congratulate the graduates.


All faculty from all schools and colleges, full-time, part-time, emeriti, tenured, adjunct, etc. are invited and encouraged to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.


Formal academic regalia, as determined by your highest degree and the institution at which it was earned, is required for both ceremonies. Faculty members must bring your own regalia or order a rental by Friday, April 8.

If you do not own regalia, it may be rented or purchased through the independent vendor. Please contact Ellen Ruggles for more information

Faculty are responsible for all charges associated with the rental, purchase and shipping of regalia.


Parking for staff and faculty with a valid UNH Manchester parking permit will be available in the UNH Manchester lot at 88 Commercial on a first come first serve basis. Parking will also be available in the Radisson garage for $5.

GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement. A proof of student photos will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Do you have questions? Contact Julie Demers at 603-641-4360 or

Diplomas are mailed 8-12 weeks after a student graduates and it is sent to the address listed intent-to-graduate form s/he submitted. Any questions regarding diplomas should be directed to the UNH registrar’s office: (603) 862-1594.

Please visit the registration office to register for commencement. 

The registration office is located in the Student Services Suite, 405B. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018*
* Date assumes that no adjustments will be made to the academic calendar.