UNH Manchester students taking a "selfie'' at the 2015 commencement 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's name is called and they walk across the stage to accept their University of New Hampshire degree.


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

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

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 November 8.

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

Cap and gowns will be shipped directly to your home. Order deadline for 2022 commencement is TBA.
order here

  • 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. 

The Commencement Fair is an opportunity to:

  • Pick up Commencement tickets
  • Pick up honors tassels (if applicable)
  • Take shoutout photos with friends
  • Take headshot photos for your LinkedIn profile
  • Clear account holds (exit loan counseling)
  • Ask last-minute questions about graduation requirements
  • And more!

2022 Commencement Fair information coming soon


Guest seating will be limited—the number of tickets available will depend on the number of students who register to attend. Please stay tuned for additional information on how to obtain your tickets. The ceremony will be live streamed for those not able to attend.

GUESTS WITH Accessibility needs 

Students are asked to provide us with information regarding special accommodations for themselves and their guests. Please contact Dana Pierce at (603) 641-4348 or at least two weeks before the ceremony so we can best assist you.

UNH Security Officers and ushers will be available during the ceremony to offer additional assistance. 


Parking will be available in the lot located to the right of UNH Manchester. You will see signage and a police officer at the UNH Manchester entrance to direct you to the lot.


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Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we have limited faculty seating this year. 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


Faculty are asked to park in the WMUR parking lot.

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