UNH Commencement 2016

2016 Commencement Speaker

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Richard N. Haass, Ph.D., Council on Foreign Relations President

Haass is in his 13th year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping people better understand the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Read more.

2016 Commencement Speakers

Commencement Remarks

Read transcriptions of 2016 Commencement addresses. 

Keynote Speaker Richard N. Haass, Ph.D President Mark W. Huddleston

2016 Commencement

2016 unh commencement social mashup

#UNH16 Event Mashup & Livestream

Check out the 2016 Commencement Event Mashup! Live social media feeds, event livestream, Flickr galleries, downloadable Facebook covers & the I-spy webcam by the Wildcat statue!


Departmental Celebrations

Many departments hold individual celebrations leading up to and immediately following Commencement. 

View List of Deptartmental Celebrations

2016 Schedule of Events

Friday May 20

  • 11 a.m. - Commencement rehearsal for all graduates, Memorial Field
  • 3 p.m. - Eligible graduates assemble for Honors Convocation, Whittemore Center (click here for eligibility requirements)
  • 4-6 p.m. - Honors Convocation, Whittemore Center

Saturday May 21

  • 9 a.m. - Graduates assemble for Commencement
  • 9:40 a.m. - Procession begins
  • 10 a.m. - Ceremony begins 
  • 12:10 p.m. - Ceremony concludes


Ceremony Etiquette

We ask that our graduates and guests respect the ceremony and all of the people involved by behaving in a dignified manner. In keeping with decorum and tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please remain in your seats during the ceremony
  • Confetti, balloons and noisemakers are not permitted at the ceremony
  • Help us honor the achievement of our students by observing the following restrictions: no alcohol, no animals except for registered service animals, and no smoking.

A Letter from the Dean of Students

Dear Class of 2016,

Congratulations on your upcoming Commencement, our most prestigious and memorable celebration of all your hard work and your remarkable achievements. I’m writing to ask for your help so that your families and friends -- and the many visitors who will travel from far and wide to celebrate the Class of 2016 -- can leave our celebration feeling as proud of UNH as they are of you.

As you prepare for Commencement, please keep in mind all those who have helped make this day possible. Of course, your parents, brothers and sisters, friends and partners. Your faculty mentors and the many staff members who have inspired and helped you. And our alumni and donors, who give generously to support you.

Please take a moment to say thank you to our police, fire and rescue officers, the food service staff and the keepers of our residential halls, academic buildings and grounds who work hard 24/7 to ensure that our campus is beautiful, safe and clean. During Commencement – and every day – their quiet dedication also honors your tremendous potential.

As we celebrate the best and brightest that UNH has to offer the world, let’s also join together to show the world UNH at its best and brightest.

In that spirit, please remember that alcohol, smoking and pets are not allowed at the ceremony. Please, be respectful of one another, of each other’s families and our guests and of UNH.

Commencement is such an exciting time – and you deserve a wonderful celebration! You have so much to be proud of, and our entire university community has so much to be grateful for because of you.

Best regards,

Ted Kirkpatrick

Senior Vice Provost of Student Life and Dean of Students



Seating Map
Detailed view of student seating locations by college.

Commencement Venue Map
Overview of Commencement venue including student line-up areas, shuttle drop-off location and guest services.

Campus Map 
Campus overview


Wildcat Send Off

What is the Wildcat Send Off?

The Wildcat Send Off is a 100 day countdown to graduation offering graduating students a variety of events designed to ease their fears as they begin their post-grad transition. It's also a time to celebrate all of their accomplishments one last time before gathering together at graduation.

For a complete schedule of events and list of helpful resources, visit!

Learn More about The Wildcat Send Off

Contact Megan Brunelle at with questions.

Seniors: Support the Class Gift!

What is the Senior Class Gift?

The Senior Class Gift is an opportunity to give back to the university that has given so much to you. Making a gift of any amount demonstrates to current students, future students and alumni that you believe in UNH.

Where can donations be designated to? 

It's your choice! We encourage you to make a donation to the program that meant the most to you during your time here – a scholarship fund, research, study abroad, athletics and so many more. By making a donation to the Senior Class Gift you are providing support to an area that meant the most to you and leaving your legacy as a UNH graduate of 2016.

Why should I give to the Senior Class Gift?

Give your gift to the university today to ensure that all students that come to UNH after you are given the same experiences and opportunities that you had! Don't forget – once a Wildcat always a Wildcat!

Contact Lorianne Saniuk at with questions.