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The 30th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester

  • About our Ceremony
    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.

  • What to do First
    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, or file in person with the Academic Counseling office.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.

    Graduate Students

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

  • Schedule of Events

    Graduation Fair and BBQ
    Wednesday, April 29 3:00p.m.- 6:00p.m.
    88 Commercial Street
    Manchester, NH 03101

    Special Senior Sendoff with Family BBQ
    Wednesday, May 13 5:00 p.m.- 7:00p.m.
    88 Commercial Street
    Manchester, NH 03101

    Commencement
    Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00p.m.
    Radisson Hotel
    700 Elm St.
    Manchester, NH 03101

    Please contact Julie Demers at 603-641-4360 or julie.demers@unh.edu with any questions.

  • Caps & Gowns
    Cap and Gown Pick Up

    Please order online at: http://buildagrad.com/unhm
    Cap and Gowns must be ordered by Friday, April 10.

    To pick-up your pre-ordered cap and gown:
    April 29
    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 Jamie.saucier@unh.edu 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.

    Requirements

    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.

    Questions

    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.

  • Guest Information
    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 24 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 4 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 or Julie.demers@unh.edu.

    Parking
    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 Information
    Registration

    Faculty are requested to notify Ellen Ruggles ellen.ruggles@unh.edu of their intent to participate in the Commencement Ceremony by Monday, April 20.

    Commencement

    Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 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.

    Participation

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

    Regalia

    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 10.

    If you do not own regalia, it may be rented or purchased through the independent vendor, University Cap and Gown by completing this form or by calling 978-686-4566.

    The vendor will know what regalia is appropriate to your degree and institution. Faculty are responsible for all charges associated with the rental, purchase and shipping of regalia.

    Parking

    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.

    • Photos
      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 www.gradimages.com. 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 giservice@gradimages.net.

      Candid photos, taken by photographer Mark Bolton, are available on the college's Flickr page.

    • Who to Contact
      Do you have questions? Contact Julie Demers at 603-641-4360 or julie.demers@unh.edu.
    • Diplomas
      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.
    • Future Commencement Dates

      Thursday, May 14, 2015*
      Thursday, May 19, 2016*
      Thursday, May 18, 2017*
      * Date assumes that no adjustments will be made to the academic calendar.

    • Register today!

      Register for 2015 Commencement.

      Graduates that do not register by April 20, 2015 will not be listed in the printed program.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Winter Reception is celebration for September & December 2014 graduates.

The program includes a reception and refreshments followed by brief remarks from University officials.

Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. • Program from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
UNH Manchester, 400 Commercial Street, Third Floor Auditorium

Students are still invited and encouraged to attend the annual commencement ceremony.

  • Commencement Rehearsal and Graduate Celebration
    It’s time to celebrate!

    Mark your schedule for Wednesday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.

    The first part of this event will be the commencement rehearsal. The tent will be set up in Arms Lot and we will meet under the tent at 5:00 to do a quick run through of commencement. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and lead you through the next day’s schedule.

    Following the run-through, join your family, significant others, staff and faculty for a fun cookout, games, photo opportunities, trivia, and a caricaturist! Plan to share in the celebration of your UNH Manchester accomplishments, show family members your school, and introduce them to your faculty and friends.

  • Weather Notice
    We are currently monitoring the weather forecast and radar. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

    The UNH Manchester Commencement Ceremony will take place outdoors (under a tent) in Arms Lot, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Simulcast viewing will be available in the third floor auditorium (tickets are not required).

  • Professional Photography
    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 www.gradimages.com. 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 giservice@gradimages.net.

    You may pre-register with GradImages by visiting www.gradimages.com, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides you with with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to six emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

  • Parking & Directions
    • Free parking will be available in the north side of the Arms Park Lot located behind UNH Manchester. Parking will also be available on Commercial Street and in the Bedford Street Lot on a first come first serve basis. The City of Manchester has agreed to lift parking fees in these areas after 12:00 Noon the day of the ceremony. Carpooling is encouraged.
    • A limited number of accessible parking spaces will be available in the faculty/staff lot located behind UNH Manchester. Contact Gary Sears (Gary.Sears@unh.edu) in the Security Department with questions, 603-641-4101.
  • Dining Discounts on May 15
    The following local restaurants are offering discounts to graduating students.

    900 degrees 10% off on May 15th (with a printed copy of this page)
    Portland Pie Company show college ID get 15% off
    Piccola Italia Restaurante 20% off for students
    Milly's Tavern 15% off if you show your UNHM ID
    Gauchos 10% off their meal if they show their certificate

  • Diplomas
    Diplomas are mailed 8-12 weeks after Commencement to the address listed intent-to-graduate filing. Any questions regarding diplomas should be directed to the UNH registrar’s office: (603) 862-1594.
  • Contact Information
    Still have questions? Contact the Registration Office at 603-641-4136 or unhm.registration@unh.edu.
  • Future Commencement Dates

    Thursday, May 14, 2015*
    Thursday, May 19, 2016*
    Thursday, May 18, 2017*
    * Date assumes that no adjustments will be made to the academic calendar.