Honors Convocation

unh students at honors convocation

Honors Convocation

The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority. Given the many unknowns that still exist around the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies as scheduled May 15 and 16, 2020. We heard loud and clear from our graduates and their families that they want a ceremony, even if it is postponed, and they want it to be in person. In response, we are cancelling Honors Convocation and postponing Commencement to a future date yet to be determined. UNH is reviewing contingency plans for university events and activities with health and safety as the top priority. Watch President Dean's announcement.
Please send your ideas to: commencement@unh.edu

The annual spring Honors Convocation is a formal ceremony recognizing the achievements of our most academically accomplished students at the conclusion of their undergraduate experience at the University of New Hampshire.


Due to the number of guests that will be on campus on Friday, May 15, the traffic in and around Durham is expected to be extremely heavy. Please allow adequate time to find parking and locate the Hamel Recreation Center. Your best option for parking for the Honors Convocation ceremonies can be found in West Edge, Goss, A lot, Mast Road and Moiles parking lots.  There will be signs on campus directing you to the best parking locations.  Shuttles will be running from West Edge and Goss lots to the Hamilton Recreation Center.  

Accessible parking spaces for those with handicapped placards are available in the Edgewood Road Visitor Lot 

Campus Map

Please note, for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, guests with disabilities should park in the West Edge Lot on Saturday, where accessible shuttles will be available to take them to the venue.


Tickets are required for all guests. Each student will be alloted 4 tickets. Tickets will be available for pick up at various times throughout the semester and will be communicated directly to the student. A lottery will be available to families wishing to request additional tickets.


All participating students must wear a cap and gown, regardless of their graduation status. Graduates are not permitted to wear any cords or stoles to the Honors Convocation cereomony. A special cord and/or stole commemorating Honors Convocation will be distributed during the ceremony.


  • Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required for participation in the Honors Convocation.
  • Invitations to participate in the Honors Convocation are based on a student’s credit hours and GPA. For criteria, click here.
  • Invitations to students who meet the requirements to participate in the Honors Convocation will be mailed in March.
  • If you are a graduating senior and plan to attend the ceremony, registration will open in April.
  • No action needs to be taken if a student will not be attending the ceremony.
  • Only graduating students should plan to attend the ceremony.


If you qualify to attend the Honors Convocation ceremony, an invitation will be sent out in March. 

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