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Cap and Gown Bonus Challenge
As part of The (603) Challenge, UNH's annual online fundraising campaign, we're extending a special opportunity to families and friends of the class of 2019 to make a gift in their graduate's honor. $5,000 in bonus funds have been set aside to augment online gifts made on May 17 and 18 only.  When the challenge closes, these bonus funds will be divided equally among all online gifts made during these two days, giving an extra bump to your gift and the area(s) you choose to support.  Make your online gift May 17 or 18 to celebrate your Wildcat and support an area of UNH that's important to you!  Your gift of any amount helps make the extraordinary possible.  Give at   

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 17, 2019

  • 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 18, 2019

  • 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

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.

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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!

Contact Jacey Darrah 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 2019.

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 Cailand Sweeting at 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.