UNH Manchester students taking a "selfie'' at the 2015 commencement ceremony
UNH Manchester's 2023 COMMENCEMENT

Friday, May 19 at 7 PM
Whittemore Center Arena
UNH Durham Campus, 128 Main St. Durham, NH


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

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

Registration to participate in the 2023 Manchester commencement ceremony has now opened. The deadline to register is May 8, 2023. Please contact Dana Pierce at with any questions.

Register online

Commencement is an important part of university life where we celebrate the culmination of hard work and achievement. Commencement awards recognize individuals whose achievements have made significant contributions to the citizens of the State of New Hampshire or society as a whole. Nominations are due by October 31, 2022.

nominate someone

Commencement Speaker Criteria

  • Nominee's background offers the ability to inspire, motivate, and enlighten graduates
  • The nominee can elicit curiosity, instill knowledge, educate, and offer wisdom to graduates
  • The nominee is an experienced and eloquent public speaker

Granite State Award Criteria

  • The nominee has provided extraordinary service to the State of New Hampshire
  • Nominee's achievements in his/her own particular sphere have made a beneficial contribution to the State of New Hampshire.
  • Granite State Awards are also conferred upon agencies, corporations, and foundations when they have provided extraordinary services or have otherwise provided great benefit to the state.

NOTE: A Granite State Award cannot be offered to a previous recipient unless there is substantial evidence of significant and distinct additional merit or service that warrants eligibility for a second nomination. See the list of previous winners.


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

Deadline to order is April 14.

  • Shipping: $15
  • Bachelor (Gown, Cap & Tassel included): $17
  • Master/Ph.D. (Gown, Cap, Hood & Tassel included): $33.40

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

Submit a free, personalized message and photo thanking your family and friends for supporting you while you pursued your degree. Your message will display on the video screen at the stadium prior to the ceremony. Deadline to submit: May 8, 2023.

Submit your shout-out

student shoutout


More information to come.


More information to come.

International guests may need an invitation letter to apply for a tourist visa to visit the U.S. for Commencement. Students who would like the Commencement Office to send an official invitation letter to their guests should complete the online request form. It is wise to request the invitation letter well in advance of your guest's intended visit as he/she will need to allow time to apply for a visa and make appropriate arrangements to travel.

The invitation letter will be addressed to the embassy/visa office of the guest's country of origin. The letter will be emailed to the graduate for them to mail to the invitee. Please allow up to 2 weeks for your request to be processed and mailed.

Letter Request

The following information will be needed in order to fill out the online request form, and for the request to be processed:

  • The embassy/visa office address
  • Guest's full name
  • Guest's country of origin
  • Guest's date of birth
  • Guest's relationship to the student
  • Student's name
  • Student's country of origin
  • Student's date of birth

Faculty MUST register if they plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Please NOTE: Faculty who do not register or arrive late for the procession cannot be guaranteed seating in the faculty section.

Faculty Registration Here


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.

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

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

Diploma covers are given at Commencement.


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

For changes contact the UNH Manchester Registration Office, 603-641-4136 or

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 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

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Gifts for Graduates

Diploma Frames

UNH Gear

Class Rings