Frequently Asked Questions

UNH Commencement

What’s so special about this year’s commencement ceremonies?

If you are a graduating student from the class of 2021, or a new member of the Wildcat Alumni Community from the class of 2020 attending your commencement ceremony, then of course it is you!  You are the reason why we love working at UNH, and you are the reason why we can’t wait to celebrate with you in May. 

New this year: each student will be personally recognized by having his/her/their name called as they walk across the stage for a photo opportunity.  You will look great on the Jumbotron!


Why do guests of graduating students require proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson) OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending a ceremony?

  • The UNH Durham campus has worked hard to mitigate Covid outbreaks through weekly testing of all those working or studying on campus thereby forming a community “testing bubble”.  Inviting individuals outside of this testing bubble increases the risk of infection. Showing proof of being fully vaccinated, or, a negative Covid test lessens the chance of infection and/or severity of an infection for all those in attendance at the ceremonies.

Can you explain more about showing the vaccine card as proof of being fully vaccinated?

  • A vaccine card, given after your first shot and then updated if your vaccine requires a second one, includes the vaccine manufacturer, the dose numbers and the date and location each was administered. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second shot in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-shot vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

What do guests need to bring with them to show proof of vaccination, OR, a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending a ceremony?

  • A vaccine card.  Please bring the actual card to the ceremony for screening – guests will not be admitted into the ceremony without proof of being fully vaccinated. OR;
  • A hard copy of negative Covid test results.  Guests will not be admitted into the ceremony without a hard copy of test results taken within 72 hours of the ceremony.  Please see below for an example of the testing window for the various ceremonies.

Ceremony attending

Date of ceremony

Testing window

Graduate School

Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am

Thursday, May 13 – Saturday, May 15

College of Health and Human Services

Friday, May 21, 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 18 – Thursday, May 20

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Friday, May 21, 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 18 – Thursday, May 20

The Paul College of Business and Economics

Saturday, May 22, 10:00 am

Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, May 21

College of Liberal Arts

Saturday, May 22, 4:00 pm

Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, May 21

Class of 2020

Sunday, May 23, 10:00 am

Thursday, May 20 – Saturday, May 22


What if I have tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days?

  • A positive COVID test means that you cannot test for 90 days. Once you are out of your isolation period proof of a positive COVID test in the last 90 days would count for a valid negative Covid test.

I have a huge family. Many family members would like to see me graduate – can I request more tickets to the ceremony?

  • You are limited to two tickets only.  Allowing guests to attend the ceremony has been a challenging decision.  We are planning our ceremonies prioritizing the health and safety of our community including students and guests.  We have a strict formula for seating capacity and social distancing that prevents additional ticket distribution.  Please do not ask for more or call-in favors!  There will be no exceptions to help ensure our collective health and safety.
  • Good news!  All of your family members will be able to watch you graduate virtually as every ceremony will be live streamed.  More details regarding how to virtually access the ceremony will be forthcoming.

I am a graduating student in the Class of 2021.  What do I need to do to attend my commencement ceremony?

  • If you haven’t done so, register by clicking here to receive details about attending your college-specific commencement ceremony.
  • Have you ordered your Cap & Gown?  Do that right now.  Literally stop what you are doing and order you cap and gown right now by clicking here.  You are running out of time to have your regalia shipped to you in time for your ceremony.  You will be unable to attend the ceremony without your cap & gown.  Plus you will look out-of-place among all your friends who ordered their cap & gown on time. The deadline is April 16.
  • If you have participated in the weekly testing program on campus, you will need to show a valid Wildcat Pass to gain entry into the ceremony.
  • If you HAVE NOT participated in the weekly testing program, you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson), OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending a ceremony.  This means you will not be able to gain entry into the ceremony without your vaccine card, OR, a hard copy of your negative Covid test.  Please see below for an example of the testing window for the various ceremonies.
  • Looking for commencement merchandise to commemorate this special occasion? Click here to shop for UNH gifts and merchandise.

I am attending the ceremony as a member of the Class of 2020.  What do I need to do to attend my commencement ceremony?

  • Register by clicking here to receive details about attending your commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 am. 
  • Have you ordered your Cap & Gown?  Do that right now.  Literally stop what you are doing and order you cap and gown right now by clicking here.  You are running out of time to have your regalia shipped to you in time for your ceremony.  You will be unable to attend the ceremony without your cap & gown.  Plus you will look out-of-place among all your friends who ordered their cap & gown on time. The deadline is April 16th.
  • You will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson), OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending a ceremony. This means you will not be able to gain entry into the ceremony without your vaccine card, OR, a hard copy of your negative Covid test.  Please see below for an example of the testing window for the various ceremonies. 
  • Looking for commencement merchandise to commemorate this special occasion? Click here to shop for UNH gifts and merchandise.

I am a graduating Masters or Doctoral candidate.  What do I need to do to attend my commencement ceremony?

  • If you haven’t done so, register by clicking here to receive details about attending your college-specific commencement ceremony.
  • Have you ordered your Cap & Gown?  Do that right now.  Literally stop what you are doing and order you cap and gown right now by clicking here.  You are running out of time to have your regalia shipped to you in time for your ceremony.  You will be unable to attend the ceremony without your cap & gown.  Plus you will look out-of-place among all your friends who ordered their cap & gown on time.  The deadline is April 16th.
  • If you have participated in the weekly testing program on campus, you will need to show a valid Wildcat Pass to gain entry into the ceremony.
  • If you HAVE NOT participated in the weekly testing program, you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson), OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending a ceremony.  This means you will not be able to gain entry into the ceremony without your vaccine card, OR, a hard copy of your negative Covid test.  Please see below for an example of the testing window for the various ceremonies.
  • Looking for commencement merchandise to commemorate this special occasion? Click here to shop for UNH gifts and merchandise.

What safety guidelines will be in place during the ceremony?

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing required and monitored
  • If you feel sick – please do not attend the ceremony!

What additional safety precautions should be taken when attending the ceremonies?

  • Always wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who do not live with you.
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

How do I get my cap & gown?

  • Students should purchase their cap and gown by April 16th in order to ensure delivery in time for the ceremony. Click here to order now: www.buildagrad.com/unh

How will my guests receive their tickets?

  • Tickets will be mailed to the address provided for members of the class of 2020, and students attending the Graduate School ceremony. Students in the Class of 2021 will be able to pick up their tickets on campus during the week of May 10th. Additional information about ticket pickup for the class of 2021 is forthcoming. 

Will parking be available?

  • Parking will be available in limited capacity on campus. Students can park in B Lot or Campus Crossing. Guests will be directed to either West Edge or a parking lot located at 121 Technology Drive depending on which ceremony they are attending. Guests will be shuttled by bus to the stadium from their assigned parking lot. Students who have guests utilizing wheelchairs or scooters should contact the commencement office at commencement@unh.edu for ADA parking information. All other campus parking lots will be closed.

When should my guests arrive on campus to allow enough time to be screened and get to their seats?

  • Guests should plan to arrive to campus 2 hours prior to their ceremony time to ensure time to locate your assigned parking lot, go through the check in process and take the bus to the stadium.

I am a graduating student from the Class of 2021 walking out the door to attend my ceremony – what do I need?

  • If you have not been participating in the weekly Covid testing program on campus: Hard copy of test OR vaccination proof
    • Hard copy of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending the ceremony. OR
    • A vaccine card as proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson).
  • If you have been participating in the weekly Covid testing program on campus: Show your approved Wildcat Pass
  • Confirm your guests have their vaccine card, or proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony, and their tickets (guests will not be admitted without vaccine cards, OR test results, and original tickets to the ceremony.)
  • Parking information for you and your guests.
  • Discuss with your guests: Guests should arrive 2 hours prior to the ceremony to park and get on a shuttle to Wildcat Stadium.
  • Cap & Gown
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hand sanitizer

 I am a graduating student from the Class of 2020 walking out the door to attend my ceremony – what do I need?

  • Hard copy of negative Covid test or vaccination proof
    • Hard copy of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending the ceremony. OR
    • A vaccine card as proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson).
  • Confirm your guests have their vaccine card, OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony, and their tickets (guests will not be admitted without vaccine cards, or test result and original tickets to the ceremony.)
  • Cap & Gown
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Parking information for you and your guests
  • Discuss with your guests: Guests should arrive 2 hours prior to the ceremony to park and get on a shuttle to Wildcat Stadium.

I am a graduate student from the class of 2020 or 2021 walking out the door to attend my ceremony – what do I need?

  • If you have not been participating in the weekly Covid testing program on campus: Hard copy of negative Covid test, OR, proof of vaccination.
    • Hard copy of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attending the ceremony. OR
    • A vaccine card as proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 2 weeks after an individual has received either two shots for Moderna, two shots for Pfizer, or one shot for Johnson and Johnson).
  • If you have been participating in the weekly Covid testing program on campus: Show your approved Wildcat Pass.
  • Confirm your guests have their vaccine card, OR, proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony, and their tickets (guests will not be admitted without vaccination cards, or test result and original tickets to the ceremony)
  • Parking information for you and your guests.
  • Discuss with your guests: Guests should arrive 2 hours prior to the ceremony to park and get on a shuttle to Wildcat Stadium.
  • Cap & Gown: Master’s students wear hoods.  PhD candidates carry hoods.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hand sanitizer