2017 Commencement

May 20, 2017 - 10 a.m., Wildcat Stadium

2017 Schedule of Events

Friday, May 19

  • 11 a.m. - Commencement rehearsal for all graduates, Wildcat Stadium
  • 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 20

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

Additional Parent and Family Communication

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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.

Register to Participate

Students preparing to graduate must follow these two important steps:

  1. File an Apply-to-Graduate form (instructions) on Blackboard, through Webcat.
  2. Register to participate. A link to register for Commencement will be sent to student email accounts beginning in March.

See Participation Eligibility

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!

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.

Make a Senior Gift

Weather Notice

The UNH Commencement Ceremony will take place outdoors at Wildcat Stadium, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Simulcast viewing is available in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets are not required for either Wildcat Stadium or Lundholm Gymnasium.