Services at Commencement

Folks lined up to purchase flower bouquets


There is ample indoor seating in the Whittemore Center. There is not currently a limit on the number of guests a graduate can invite and tickets are not required. 

Guests should plan to arrive in Durham 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to allow time for parking and shuttle transport to ensure they are in the arena for the start of the graduates procession which begins 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

The ability for guests to find a seat is determined by weather, traffic, and especially by the time of arrival. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find seats.


For the health and safety of our guests, and the cleanliness of our event space, 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 booth for the duration of the ceremony. Items remaining at the end of the ceremony, will be transferred to the front desk at the Elliott Alumni Center.


Concessions will be available for purchase.

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 booth in Wildcat Stadium.


The UNH Bookstore will be selling memorabilia.


UNH works with an external company called GradImages to take a photo of each student as they cross the stage. Students will be contacted directly by Gradimages a few weeks after the ceremony. Students will be given a coupon code to order one free 5x7" photo. Additionally, UNH Marketing will be capturing candid moments at Commencement from beginning to end. These images will be available online via Flickr at Images will be continually added over several days following the ceremony. Guests will not have access to the front of the stage to take photos. 

Senior Portraits

Students can sign up to have their senior portrait taken through Tim McGrath Photography.