Services at Commencement
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Commencement Venue Map
Overview of Commencement venue including student line-up areas, shuttle drop-off location and guest services.
There is outdoor seating for approximately 12,000 guests on Memorial Field with standing room for several hundred more. The Commencement ceremony is also simulcast inside the Whittemore Center Arena, which can accommodate an additional 7,500 guests. Guests are not permitted to bring their own folding chairs.
More detailed view of Commencement venue including student seating locations by college and audience seating.
The Commencement ceremony will take place outdoors at Memorial Field on the scheduled date regardless of weather. There will be a live simulcast in the Whittemore Center Arena for those individuals who would be more comfortable viewing the ceremony from indoors.
Chairs are placed in every possible available area on Memorial Field within the limits of the fire code. Therefore, guests are not permitted to bring their own folding chairs.
There is outdoor seating for approximately 12,000 guests on Memorial Field with standing room for several hundred more. The Commencement ceremony is also simulcast inside the Whittemore Center Arena, which can accommodate an additional 7,500 guests.
Guests should plan to arrive in Durham by 8 a.m. to allow time for parking and shuttle transport to ensure they are at Memorial Field or the Whittemore Center Arena for the start of the procession at 9:45 a.m.
It is impossible to determine how early a guest must arrive to ensure seating on Memorial Field. It is very much dependent on weather and the draw of a particular Commencement speaker.
View the Field Map for a detailed view of the Commencement venue.
White information tents will be located at both ends of the field. View the map for locations.
For the health and safety of our guests, and the cleanliness of our event grounds, dogs of any type/size, with the exception of service dogs, are not permitted at the UNH Commencement ceremony. Please do not bring your dogs to campus. Event staff and University Police will enforce this policy.
Lost and Found
Lost and found items will be collected and held at the information booths for the duration of the ceremony. Items remaining at the end of the ceremony, will be transferred to the information desk at the Hamel Recreation Center inside the Whittemore Center Arena lobby.
UNH Dining services will have a variety of beverages, breakfast, and lunch items available for purchase before the ceremony under the refreshment tents at Memorial Field and in the concessions in the Whittemore Center Arena.
First Aid and Medical Assistance
In the event of an emergency, call 911. Emergency personnel are on site and can respond quickly.
Non-emergency service is available at the first-aid tent near the Dairy Bar. View the map for location.
The UNH Alumni Association and the UNH Bookstore will be selling memorabilia including, t-shirts, sweatshirt, and diploma frames at Memorial Field.
During the ceremony, all graduates will be photographed as they receive their diploma cover. There is no fee for this service, and there is no obligation to purchase photos. Graduates will be sent proofs and information on ordering photos at their permanent address, as held by the Registrar, following the ceremony. For information, call GradTrak® at 800-424-3686. Guests will not have access to the front of the stage to take photos.
UNH Photographic Services will be capturing candid moments at Commencement from beginning to end. These images will be available for viewing and purchase through www.unhphotos.smugmug.com. Images will be continually added over several days following the ceremony.
Graduates will be sent a complimentary copy of The Granite Yearbook. This will be sent to the graduate's permanent address, as held by the Registrar, in the winter following Commencement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.