Honors Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

unh students at honors convocation


1. Who should attend the Honors Convocation?


The Honors Convocation Ceremony is for students graduating in May, September or December 2020 or who graduated in September and December 2019. Only graduating students should plan to attend the ceremony. Criteria for academic honors is listed here.



2. What if I received an invitation for Honors Convocation but I'm not graduating this year?


Invitations to participate in the Honors Convocation are based on a students credit hours and their GPA. Non-graduating students who have not met their degree requirements for graduation but do have the required credits and GPA for academic honors will receive invitations. However, only graduating students should plan to attend the ceremony. If a non-graduating student maintains their GPA, they will be invited to the Honors Convocation again the following year.


3. Is enrollment in the Honors Program required for participation in the Honors Convocation?


No. Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required for participation in the Honors Convocation.



4. How many guests can I invite? Do they need tickets?

Tickets are required for all guests. Students will each be allotted 4 tickets.

5. Do I need to wear my cap and gown?


All participating students must wear a cap and gown. Information on caps and gowns can be found here



6. Do I need to purchase my own cord/stole?


No. Cords and stoles, to be worn at Commencement, will be presented at the Honors Convocation.


7. What students get what cord/stole?


University Scholars will receive a white cord, Presidential Scholars will receive a gold cord, University Honors Program Scholars will receive a white cord and a University stole, and University Honors Program Presidential Scholars will receive a gold cord and a University stole. Criteria for academic honors is listed here.


8. Where can I park?


All major campus lots are open and available for guest parking for the Honors Convocation.

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

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


9. What time should I arrive?


Candidates are asked to arrive at the Hamel Recreation Center 1 hour prior to their assigned ceremony time.


10. What time should guests arrive?


Guests should plan on arriving in Durham 1 hour prior to their student's assigned ceremony time.


11. How long is the ceremony?


Each ceremony is scheduled to last for approximately 1 hour.



12. How do I order graduation announcements?


For custom graduatin announcements and UNH class rings, please click here. Information regarding qualifications for Latin Honors, which is sometimes on graduation announcements, can be obtained from the Graduation and Diplomas site. Further information can found on the Registrar's Office general site.


13. Will I get my picture taken?


During Honors Convocation, all graduates will be photographed as they receive their certificate. There is no fee for this service, and there is no obligation to purchase photos. Graduates will be sent proofs and information on ordering photos at their permanent address, as held by the Registrar, following the ceremony. Guests will not have access to the front of the stage to take photos.

Communications and Public Affairs will be capturing candid moments at Honors Convocation from beginning to end. These images will be available online at  Flickr. Images will be continually added over several days following the ceremony.


14. What if I am very close to the criteria?  Can I get an exception?

No, we do not make exceptions to the criteria. The criteria for Honors Convocation is decided by the Faculty Senate and printed in the Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities. 

15. Who can I contact?


If you have additional questions that were not answered above, please contact commencement@unh.edu.