Commencement

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

 

35th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel

(Formerly the Radisson Hotel)

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's name is called and they walk across the stage to accept their University of New Hampshire diploma.

CONTACT US
 

Registration Office
Phone: (603) 641-4136
Fax: (603) 641-4125
Email

Dana Pierce
Manager of Events at UNH Manchester
Phone: (603) 641-4348
Email

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

You may register to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony if are you:

  • Completing your degree in Spring 2020 and have filed an Intent to Graduate form.
  • Within 8 credits of completing your degree (completing your courses in the Summer Session) and have filed an Intent to Graduate form for September 1st, 2020.
  • A December 2019 graduate and have already completed your degree.

For additional assistance, please contact the Registration office at (603) 641-4136 or view our Graduation page.

Register for the May Commencement Ceremony

You must complete the registration form before April 13, 2020 in order to be included in the printed program.

REGISTER HERE

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Visit the Graduate School page for more information.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Caps and Gowns (regalia) are required for all faculty and graduates participating in the commencement ceremony.

Gown styles differ for Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. candidates. The cap and gown vendor know what is required and will provide you with the appropriate regalia.

How to Order Caps and Gowns

Students are required to order their own cap and gown online by April 12th, 2020.

Caps and gowns may be mailed directly to your house or picked up at the Commencement Fair on April 29th, 2020.

Order Cap and gown HERE

PRICING

Shipping Price-$15.00 (graduates may choose to have cap and gown shipped to 88 Commercial for pick-up at the Commencement Fair for FREE)

  • Bachelor (Gown, Cap & Tassel included) Price: $17.00
  • Master/Ph.D. (Gown, Cap, Hood & Tassel included) Price: $33.40
QUESTIONS

If you have questions or concerns about your order, please contact our vendor University Cap and Gown at 1(844)-711-6100. 

The Commencement Fair is an opportunity to:

  • Ask last-minute questions about graduation requirements
  • Pick up cap and gown (if sent to UNH Manchester)
  • Pick up Commencement tickets
  • Pick up honors tassels (if applicable)
  • Take shoutout photos with friends
  • Clear account holds (exit loan counseling)
  • And more!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
3:00-6:00 pm

UNH Manchester (Room 201)
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

If you are unable to attend the Commencement Fair please contact Dana Pierce dana.pierce@unh.edu to arrange to pick up your cap and gown on an alternate date.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

  • 4:30 pm- Students meet at the function center to robe, check-in, and line up
  • 6:00 pm- Ceremony begins
  • 7:30 pm (approx.)- Ceremony ends

Please contact Dana Pierce at (603) 641-4348 or dana.pierce@unh.edu with any questions.

GUEST TICKETS

Students who registered for Commencement participation by April 12th, 2020 are eligible to receive up to 5 guest tickets for the ceremony. 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.

Student tickets can be picked up at the Commencement Fair, to be held on April 29, 2020 from 3 - 6 pm in the Multipurpose Room (Room 201).

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 Accessability needs 

Students are asked to provide us with information regarding special accommodations for themselves and their guests. UNH Security Officers and ushers will be available during the ceremony to offer additional assistance. 

Please contact Dana Pierce at (603) 641-4348 or Dana.Pierce@unh.edu at least two weeks before the ceremony so we can best assist you.

PARKING 

Parking is available at the Center of New Hampshire Garage (entrances on Granite St. and on West Central St.) or at UNH Manchester (limited space/walking required).

Guests may validate their Center of New Hampshire Garage parking ticket inside the event. Parking will cost $6.00 when you present the validated ticket. 

Please NOTE: Garage exits do get congested immediately following the ceremony when everyone is leaving. 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
Loyalty Program 2020 Rate: $139 a night for standard accommodations
Corporate ID: 3205161

PLEASE USE OUR DEDICATED BOOKING LINK

PARTICIPATION

Faculty must register by April 29th, 2020 if they plan to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony. All faculty from all schools and colleges, full-time, part-time, emeriti, tenured, adjunct, etc. are invited and encouraged to participate and are invited to stay after the ceremony to congratulate the graduates.

Please NOTE: Faculty who do not register or arrive late for the procession cannot be guaranteed seating in the faculty section.

Faculty Registration Here

Regalia

Formal academic regalia, as determined by your highest degree and the institution at which it was earned, is required for Commencement Ceremony. Faculty members must bring your own regalia or order a rental by April 19, 2020.

If you do not own regalia, it may be rented or purchased by visiting the Faculty Regalia Registration Home Page. Faculty are responsible for all charges associated with the rental, purchase and shipping of regalia.

Contact Dana Pierce if you have questions at dana.pierce@unh.edu.

PARKING

Parking for faculty with a valid UNH parking pass is available at UNH Manchester (limited space/walking required) or the Center of New Hampshire Garage (entrances on Granite St. and on West Central St.).

You may validate your Center of New Hampshire Garage parking ticket inside the event. Parking will cost $6.00 when you present the validated ticket. 

Please NOTE: Garage exits do get congested immediately following the ceremony when everyone is leaving. 

Diplomas are mailed 8-12 weeks after the graduation certification process.

Diploma covers are given at Commencement.

Name

Will appear exactly as indicated on your Intent to Graduate form.

For changes contact the UNH Manchester Registration Office, 603-641-4136 or unh.diploma@unh.edu.

Mailing Address

Diplomas are mailed to the address provided on your Intent to Graduate form. Do not provide a campus mailing address. Verify mailing address, in WEBCAT and select Personal Information.

Please NOTE: International addresses may delay receiving diploma.

Contact unh.diploma@unh.edu for more information.

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 the GradImages site.

Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail.

If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 1-800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.