2020 Commencement

UNH Commencement


Class of 2020
May 14-16, 2021

Class of 2021
May 21-23, 2021

*Our planning for commencement is based on the best information we have today about the prevalence of the virus in the state and in our community. That said, we must recognize that conditions may be different as we approach May 2021. Our final plans will be dictated by the most accurate information we have next spring and we'll continue to consult public health officials with the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services about our plans.

Please continue to check back to this website as we continue to set and finalize plans


                      Cap & Gown                               Dates and Deadlines           Departmental Celebrations
       Eligibility to Participate                  Register to Participate                             FAQs                         
       Guests with Disabilities                      WIldcat Send Off                                 Class Gift                  


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

After reviewing participation eligibility, students must file an intent to graduate and register to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Filing an intent to graduate and registering to participate opens during the spring semester.

participation eligibility 


Wildcat Sendoff

What is the Wildcat Sendoff?
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 unh.edu/main/wildcat-sendoff!

Contact Jacey Darrah at jacey.darrah@unh.edu 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 2020.

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 the Annual Giving office at annual.giving@unh.edu with questions.

Make Your 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. Please note, the ceremony is subject to be delayed or altered in a severe weather emergency.