Departmental Celebrations

2019 Commencement Departmental Events and Celebrations

Dates, times, and event locations are subject to change. Please contact the organizer directly with questions or to confirm event information. If you have an event you'd like included below, please email the details to

Please check back as celebrations will be added as they are confirmed.


College of Health and Human Services

College of Liberal Arts

College of Engineering and Physical Science

College of Life Science and Agriculture

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Thompson School of Applied Sciences

UNH Manchester

UNH Graduate School

UNH Carsey School of Public Policy

UNH Law School

UNH Campus Celebrations



College of Health and Human Services

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HDFS Senior Dinner      
First Reading Day - Spring | 5pm | Piscataqua Rm
Members of the HDFS Senior Class and Faculty.

Social Work       
MSW Hooding 
Saturday, May 11 | 11am - 1pm (tentative) | Granite State Room         
Invite only             

Communications Sciences and Disorders            
Undergraduate Ceremony and Graduate Ceremony                      
Friday, May 17 | 9am-11am | Richards Auditorium in Murkland Hall - Undergraduate
Saturday, May 18 | 7:30am-9am | Richards Auditorium in Murkland Hall - Graduate         
Invite only. The Undergraduate Ceremony is hosted by the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. 

Nursing Graduation Celebration             
Friday, May 17 | 10:30am | Johnson Theater PCAC  
Tickets are allotted to graduating nursing students. Undergraduate and Direct Entry Master's in Nursing students only.

Health Management and Policy Senior Banquet               
Friday, May 17 | 6:30 p.m. | The Oaks    
Invite only. Senior banquet is for families of seniors and faculty and staff of HMP department

Kinesiology: Athletic Training Major      
Athletic Training Major Graduation Reception  
Saturday, May 18 | Immediately following graduation | Athletic Training Room, Field House    
Open to public                

Outdoor Education Graduation                
Saturday, May 18 | After Graduation | Browne Center     
Open to public

Graduate Reception
Saturday, May 18 | Right after graduation | NH Hall Alumni Rm              
Invite only


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College of Liberal Arts

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Museum of Art 
MFA Thesis Exhibition and Senior BA & BFA Exhibition 
Friday, April 12 | 6pm-8pm | Museum of Art, PCAC         
Open to public. MFA Thesis Exhibition & Senior BA & BFA Exhibition on View April 12 to May 17, 2019. Public Reception, Friday, April 12, 6 pm -8 pm. This annual exhibition celebrates the achievements of the Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates. Supported in part by the University’s Department of Art and Art History.

Women's Studies            
Women's Studies Graduation and Award  Ceremony       
Thursday, May 9 | 5pm-6:30pm | Holloway Commons Squamscott Room        
This event is open to graduating WS majors, minors their friends and family. We also welcome Alumni and the UNH community to attend. RSVP required.                                                                                                                                                                                    
Psychology Department             
Psychology & Neuroscience Graduation Ceremony        
Thursday, May 16 | 2pm doors open, 3pm ceremony start | Johnson Theatre  
Invite only. There will be light refreshments following the ceremony.

Political Science
Graduation Ceremony                                                 
Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm | Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall
Invite only          

History Department Graduation Reception        
Friday, May 17 | 6pm-8:00pm | Murkland 110 (COLA Dean's Office) 
Invite only. Open House-style event

Theatre and Dance        
Senior Tea          
Thursday, May 16| Time TBD  
Invite only         

Justice Studies Program
Graduation Reception   
Friday, May 17 | 9am | Hamilton Smith 210          
Invite only

Sociology Department Graduation Ceremony  
Friday, May 17 | 2pm-3pm | McConnell 240   
Invite only. This event is for family and friends to celebrate the sociology major graduates.

Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 17 | 5pm | Field House Gym              
Invite only

Communication Commencement Ceremony    
Friday, May 17 | 6:30pm | Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center  
Invite only

Philosophy Department Graduation Breakfast  
Saturday, May 18 | 7:30am | Hamilton Smith Hall, First Floor Forum        
Invited guests are welcome to bring friends and family members of all ages. The continental breakfast is a drop-in event.

English Department
Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, May 18 | 2 – 3:30pm | Hamilton Smith

Graduation Luncheon
Date TBD | 12:00 | HUDDLESTON 102          
Invite only     

Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies  Student Awards Ceremony         
TBA (around the last day of classes)
Invites to students, families and friends    

Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 17 | 1pm - 3pm | Hamilton Smith Room 210
RSVP here                

Department of Music
Cording Ceremony and Reception
Friday, May 17 | 1pm - 2:30pm
Bratton Recital Hall | Paul Creative Arts Center


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College of Engineering and Physical Science

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Mechanical Engineering               
Graduation Ceremony for the Mechancial Engineering and Ocean Engineering Undergraduate Graduating Class of 2019      
Friday, May 17 | 1:00 PM | Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building
Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering Undergraduate Graduating Class of 2019 and their family and friends.  Graduating students are required to RSVP. This event is hosted by the UNH Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Department of Computer Science            
Commencement Breakfast         
Saturday, May 18 | 7am-9:30am | Kingsbury Hall             
Invite only  

Electrical and Computer Engineering      
ECE- Commencement Breakfast
Saturday, May, 18 | 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Kingsbury Hall, 2nd Floor, South Wing
Open to public. Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates, family, and friends.

Chemical Engineering 
Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Commencement Breakfast  
Saturday, May 18 | 7am – 9am | Kingsbury Hall 3rd Floor South Wing  
Invite only. For the Class of 2019 Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering students

Earth Sciences 
Commencement Breakfast        
Saturday, May 18 | 8am | James Hall 2nd floor lobby        
Breakfast (bagels, donuts, coffee, juice, etc.) for Earth Sciences and NRESS graduating students with ESCI advisors and their families. 

Mathematics and Statistics         
Department of Mathematics and Statistics Graduation Breakfast
Saturday, May 18 | 8:30 AM | Kingsbury Hall, S145           
Invite only. A celebration and recognition for the graduating students within the department. Join us for a delicious breakfast and great company. RSVP requested.

Civil & Environmental Engineering           
Graduation Celebration
Saturday | 12:15-2pm | Kingsbury Hall/North Lobby       
Invite to undergrad seniors as well as graduating graduates and family members.  Requested with an RSVP

Mechanical Engineering                
Graduation Reception   
5/18/2019 | 12pm (after ceremony) | Kingsbury Hall South Lobby
Mechanical Engineering graduates,family and friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Senior Luncheon
Date TBD | 12pm | Parsons Courtyard
Invite only                         


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College of Life Science and Agriculture

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Equine Program Senior Picnic  
Tuesday, April 30 | 3:40pm-6pm | UNH Equine Facility             
Invite only                         

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems             
Animal Science Senior Brunch    
Friday, May 17 | 9am-10:45am | Tentatively at Thompson School patio            
Invite only  

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems             
SAFS Farewell to Seniors              
Friday, May 17 | 12:00pm           
Invite only  

Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 17 | 1pm - 2pm | Rudman G89
invite only 

Nutrition Program - ANFS Department          
UNH Nutrition Program Graduation Celebration & Awards Reception      
Friday, May 17 | 01:00-2:30pm | Spaulding 120
Invite only. Ceremony & Awards 1:30-2:30 pm with light refreshments beginning at 1 pm.

Commencement Breakfast        
Saturday, May 18 | 7am-9am | James Hall Courtyard  
NREN graduates and their families         

BMS:MLS Graduation breakfast
Saturday, May 18 | 8am - 9am | Spaulding Life Science Room 120               
Invite only. Continental Breakfast and Cording Ceremony for BMS:MLS graduates and their graduation guests

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Vet Tech Pinning Ceremony  
Saturday, May 18 | 8am | Cole Hall room 219 
For vet tech program graduates and their family and friends. Students will be individually recognized, will recite the veterinary technician's oath to be inducted into the profession and will receive a pin from the NHVTA.                                                                                                                                 


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Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics

For additional details on the Paul College Commencement events, visit

Paul College Senior Toast
Thursday, May 16 | 3 p.m. | Paul College Courtyard
Invite only 
The Senior Toast is intended just for graduating Paul College seniors. Additional details can be found at 

Paul College Graduate Programs MSA Luncheon​  
Friday, May 17 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm | Paul College Courtyard             
Invite only                         
Luncheon for MSA graduates, their families, faculty, and staff.              

Paul College Graduate Programs Hooding Ceremony and Reception
Friday, May 17 | 1:00 PM | Paul Creative Arts Center        
Invite only. After the hooding ceremony, graduate and their families are invited to join us for a celebratory reception in the Paul College Courtyard. 

Paul College Hospitality Management Graduation Celebration       
Friday, May 17 | 1:30pm – 3pm | Paul College, G75           
Invite only 

Paul College Post-Commencement Celebration
Saturday, May 18 | 12:15-1:45p.m.  | Paul College   
The Post-Commencement Celebration is intended for graduating Paul College students and their families.  Additional information can be found at                         

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Thompson School of Applied Science

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Thompson School Commencement Open House               
Saturday, May 18 | 7:45am-8:45am | Stacey's, Cole Hall
Open to public. Thompson School Graduates, family members, guest and Thompson School faculty and staff attend this event. 


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University of New Hampshire Manchester Campus

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34th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 6 pm | DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel (Formerly the Radisson Hotel)
Register here -

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University of New Hampshire Graduate School

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Dean's Office    
Doctoral Lunch
Friday, May 17 | 11:30am | Huddleston Ballroom              
Invite only      

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University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy

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Master of Public Administration             
MPA Capstones
Friday, May 10 | 3pm-5pm | UNH Manchester - Room 456     
Robin Husslage           
Invite only     

Master of Public Administration             
MPP/MPA Hooding Ceremony  
Wednesday, May 15 | 4pm - 6pm | MUB, Strafford Room    
Robin Husslage           
Invite only        

Master in Public Policy             
MPP/MPA Hooding Ceremony  
Wednesday, May 15 | 4pm - 6pm | MUB, Strafford Room    
Robin Husslage           
Invite only                                               


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University of New Hampshire School of Law

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UNH Law Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, May 14 | 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. | UNH Law Campus

UNH Law Graduate Luncheon
Wednesday, May 15 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | UNH Law Campus

Student Life      
Commencement Lunch
Wednesday, May 15 | 12pm | Location TBD      
Invite only                         

UNH Law's 44th Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 2:30 p.m | White Park - Concord, New Hampshire
Info here -

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University of New Hampshire - Other Celebrations

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Campus Recreation        
End of Year Celebration
Wednesday, April 24 | 6pm | Huddleston Hall    
Invite only    

McNair Scholars Program            
Senior Celebration          
Tuesday, May 7 | 5:00pm | Elliott Alumni Center
Invite only          

Office of International Students & Scholars and Global Education Center         
International Graduation Reception        
Friday, May 17 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Hamilton Smith              
Invite only

UNH Online
Graduate, Alumni and Faculty Reception
Friday May 17, 2019 | 5:00  - 6:30pm | Three Chimneys Inn, Durham NH

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