Commencement Fair

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UNH Commencement Fair

April 15, 2020 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Hamel Rec Center

What is the Commencement Fair?

The Commencement Fair is designed as a “one stop shopping” event where graduates can obtain all the information they need about the Commencement ceremony and life after graduation. Cap and Gown pick-up is also available at the fair along with other important services.

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Money for your caps and gowns! Bring your student ID if you pre-ordered.
  • Your résumé and cover letter to have it reviewed by The UNH Career Center.
  • Your appetite! There will be free snacks!
  • Bring your questions about the big day. The Commencement Office will be available to answer them all!
  • Bring your friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Commencement Fair just for undergrads?


No, the Commencement Fair is for undergrads, grad students and Thompson School students. Students who aren't yet graduating may also find helpful resources and information and are welcome to attend.


2. Do I need to bring anything?


Yes. See the above list of things you should bring.


3. How long will it take?


We suggest you plan on spending an hour in order to take advantage of everything the Commencement Fair has to offer.


4. How much does a cap and gown cost?


Click here for cap and gown information.


5. Do I have to buy my cap and gown? Can’t I just rent it? 


UNH has negotiated a contract with the supplier that actually makes it less expensive for you to purchase your regalia rather than rent it.


6. What if I miss the Commencement Fair? Is that the only way to get my cap and gown?


No, you can pick up a cap and gown the week of Commencement at the Elliott Alumni Center or you can have your cap and gown mailed directly to you from University Cap and Gown. 

Click here for more information.


7. What if I don't plan to attend the Commencement ceremony and I don't need a cap and gown. Can I skip the Commencement Fair?


The Commencement Fair offers much more than an opportunity to get your cap and gown. There will be many other participating companies, departments, and resources available to assist you in preparing for the big day!


8. Do I have to go to the Commencement Fair?


No, but it will make your life easier. Attendance at the Commencement Fair is not required, but is highly recommended. All of the departments, organizations and resources that can provide you with information to help you prepare for graduation are together in one place.


9. My parents wanna know…


The Commencement Office will be available to answer all your questions and ease anxieties about the big day


2019 Exhibitors

Wonderland Cookie Dough:
Our newest exhibitor, Alumni owned Wonderland Cookie Dough will be bringing samples of delicious UNH themed cookie dough. Complete your Commencement Fair passport to get a free sample!

UNH Dining:
Drop by this table for some grub while you explore everything that Commencement Fair has to offer

Cap & Gown Pick-up:
Cash or check only. 

Alumni Networks:
Learn more about ways to get involved with our over 10 regional alumni networks across the country! Our network volunteers help to: plan social and career networking events, faculty panels, holiday parties, outdoor adventures, community service projects and more!

Sustainability Institute:
The Sustainability Institute’s mission is to be a catalyst, convener, and champion of sustainability ideas and actions across and beyond the University of New Hampshire. The institute fosters a culture of sustainability that permeates the civic, professional, and personal lives of members of the UNH community.

UNH Extension:            
Our innovative, energetic and connected staff and volunteers develop and deliver practical, trusted education and services to meet New Hampshire’s needs. Through a long-standing partnership with NH counties, ten well-staffed UNH Cooperative Extension offices are located across the state to provide local expertise and assistance.

Balfour Class Rings:
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Graduation from college is one of the most important experiences in your life, a milestone that you will want to commemorate and share. The Official University of New Hampshire class rings and graduation announcements provide a way to do just that. Custom UNH graduation announcements allow you to share your achievement with friends and family. Each customized announcement features your name, degree and major along with the school seal. Both traditional and more uniquely-customized photo announcements are available. You can review the variety of announcements and class ring options at

Senior Class Gift:
As you prepare to leave UNH, please join your classmates in leaving a legacy by making a gift to UNH. The Senior Class Gift is a way to ensure that future Wildcats have the same wonderful experience you had. Make a gift of any amount to the area or program that had the most impact on your time here at UNH - academics, athletics, student organizations and more. UNH believed in you – now show UNH you believe in it! Make your Senior Gift here.

Liberty Mutual: Stop by and check out what Liberty Mutual has to offer for UNH alumni!

Health and Wellness:
Stop by to see how Health & Welness can benefit you!

Campus Recreation:
Campus Recreation provides programs and facilities to promote an active lifestyle. Facilities include: the HRC (Hamel Recreation Center), the Outdoor Pool, the Whittemore Center Arena, Mendums Pond and many of the outdoor fields.

Professional Development and Training:
Learning never ends! Continue your education with UNH Professional Development &Training. PD&T offers a variety of learning experiences, including over 250 noncredit workshops, conferences, boot camps, certificate programs, and online courses in business, teaching and school administration, nonprofit management, social work and counseling, technology, natural resources, and more. UNH alumni receive a 10% discount on workshops and conferences.

UNH Graduate School:
Stop by and learn more about grad school opportunities!

UNH Law Admissions:
Stop by to learn more about the UNH law school!

UNH Online:
UNH Online offers a variety of graduate programs including certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. We are dedicated to making sure you get the most out of your educational journey - and we'll be with you every step of the way.

Career and Professional Success:
Career and Professional Success is the career services team at the University of New Hampshire. With an uncommon commitment to personal and professional development, Career and Professional Success (CaPS) empowers all UNH students to proactively build the knowledge and skills they need to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing future. In partnership with faculty, staff, employers, and our global alumni network, we orchestrate opportunities for experiential learning, mentoring, networking, and personal growth, equipping UNH students with the tools to thrive throughout their lives.

UNH Social:
Check out #UNHAlumni and see what our social team is up to.

Senior Shout-outs:
Record a senior shout out for Commencement!

Commencement Info Table:
Our commencment experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the big day.

Lobster Bake:
Register to toast the Class of 2019 and enjoy some lobster and one last hurrah with your classmates at Senior Sendoff Lobster Bake.