On Commencement day, the traffic in and around Durham is extremely heavy. Please plan to arrive in Durham no later than 8 a.m. to ensure that you are at Memorial Field or the Whittemore Center for the beginning of the procession at 9:40 a.m.
The ceremony is anticipated to conclude no later than 12:30 p.m. We encourage guests making reservations to make them for no earlier than 2 p.m.
From I-95 South (ME), take Exit 5 (in NH) to the Spaulding Turnpike (Route 16 north), then take Exit 6W (US 4 west) towards Durham to the NH 155A.
From I-95 North (MA), take Exit 4 (in NH) (left-hand exit) to the Spaulding Turnpike (Route 16 north), then take Exit 6W (US 4 west) towards Durham to the NH 155A exit.
From the West, take NH 101 east to Exit 7 in Epping (NH 125 north). Follow NH 125 north to the Lee traffic circle. Take the first right to US 4 east to the Durham NH 155A exit.
As you approach campus from the west on NH 155A/Main Street, there will be signs for parking at West Edge Lot, the Mast Road Lots and finally Lot A (via the roundabout). Guests are encouraged to park at West Edge Lot and take the express, police escorted shuttles to Memorial Field (you’ll avoid longer traffic waits as well). The shuttles are low-floor, air conditioned UNH buses which are fully ADA accessible and bring you to Lot H, which is immediately adjacent to Memorial Field.
From the NH 108 south corridor (Newmarket, Stratham, Exeter), parking is available in Lot B or Lot C. Shuttles will not run to/from these lots and it is a 10-15 minute walk to Memorial Field.
Guests should exit Route 4 at 155A and follow signs to West Edge Lot for parking and accessible shuttle service to Memorial Field. Parking information for guests who use a wheelchair or scooter can be found here.
Please do not drive directly to Memorial Field. There is no on-site parking or drop-off.
Amtrak Downeaster train service connects Durham-UNH campus to eight station communities between Freeport/Brunswick/Portland ME, and Boston, MA. The train station is immediately adjacent to the Memorial Field Commencement site.
Check the Downeaster schedule and make reservations (required) for travel at www.amtrakdowneaster.com.
The service on Commencement Day is especially well suited for those traveling from communities to the north of Durham with a 9:17 a.m. arrival and 1:17 p.m. and 6:22 p.m. northbound departures.
Greyhound provides bus service from Portland, Downeast Maine and Boston to downtown Portsmouth.
There are three general passenger service airports in the region: Manchester/Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH; Logan International Airport in Boston, MA; and Portland Jetport. The airports are well connected to the UNH campus.
More detailed regional Transit Connection information can be found here.
General parking is available in Lot A, West Edge and Mast Road lots. Small lots are also open. Lots D, H, N, and Z are closed.
There are no fees and no passes are required for general parking in any of the open lots.
Vehicles are not permitted to stop in front of Memorial Field to drop-off guests.
Shuttle service will be available only between West Edge Lot and Lot H beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Shuttle service will not be provided between any other lots.
All shuttles are low-floor, air conditioned UNH buses which are fully ADA accessible and bring you to Lot H, which is immediately adjacent to Memorial Field, with access to the Whittemore Center Arena. Shuttles run reverse routes from Lot H after the ceremony.
Guests should exit Route 4 at 155A and follow signs to West Edge Lot for parking and accessible shuttle service to Memorial Field. Parking information for guests who use a wheelchair or scooter can be found here. Vehicles are not permitted to stop in front of Memorial Field to drop-off guests. We urge all with accessibility issues to arrive early. Volunteers will be available to provide assistance.
There are no fees and no passes required for any shuttles.
Complimentary shuttle transportation is available to and from Durham, from the following Dover, NH hotels:Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Comfort Inn & Suites. These are hotel shuttles. Please contact the hotels directly for more information.