Honors Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who should attend the Honors Convocation?
 


The Honors Convocation Ceremony is for students graduating in May, September or December 2014 or who graduated in September and December 2013. Only graduating students should plan to attend the ceremony. Criteria for academic honors is listed here.


 

  2. What if I received an invitation for Honors Convocation but I'm not graduating this year?
 


Invitations to participate in the Honors Convocation are based on a students credit hours and their GPA. Non-graduating students who have not met their degree requirements for graduation but do have the required credits and GPA for academic honors will receive invitations. However, only graduating students should plan to attend the ceremony. If a non-graduating student maintains their GPA, they will be invited to the Honors Convocation again the following year.


 

  3. Is enrollment in the Honors Program required for participation in the Honors Convocation?
 


No. Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required for participation in the Honors Convocation.


 

  4. How many guests can I invite? Do they need tickets?
 

There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can invite. There are no tickets required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


 

  5. Do I need to wear my cap and gown?
 


All participating students must wear a cap and gown. Information on caps and gowns can be found here.


 

  6. Do I need to purchase my own cord/stole?
 


No. Cords and stoles, to be worn at Commencement, will be presented at the Honors Convocation.


 

  7. What students get what cord/stole?
 


University Scholars will receive a white cord, Presidential Scholars will receive a gold cord, University Honors Program Scholars will receive a white cord and a University stole, and University Honors Program Presidential Scholars will receive a gold cord and a University stole. Criteria for academic honors is listed here.


 

  8. What time should I arrive?
 


Candidates are asked to arrive at the Whittemore Center Arena by 3:00 p.m.


 

  9. What time should guests arrive?
 


Guests should plan on arriving in Durham by 3:00 p.m. to allow time for parking to ensure that they are at the Whittemore Center Arena for the 4:00 p.m. start of the ceremony.


 

  10. How long is the ceremony?
 


The ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. and is anticipated to end at 6:00 p.m. Post-event reservations should be made for no earlier than 7:00 p.m.


 

  11. How do I order graduation announcements?
 


The UNH Alumni Association Marketplace offers custom graduation announcements, diploma frames, commemorative DVDs, and class rings. Information regarding qualifications for Latin Honors which is sometimes on graduation announcements can be obtained from the Registrar's Office.


 

  12. Will I get my picture taken?
 


During the Honors Convocation and Commencement 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 Photo services will also be taking extensive candid images throughout the ceremony and those will be available for viewing and purchase on SmugMug.


 

  13. I have another question. Who can I contact?
 


If you have additional questions that were not answered above, please contact commencement@unh.edu.