Commencement

2019 Graduation Details

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the AllWell North complex in Holderness, New Hampshire. The state-of-the-art complex, on the campus of Plymouth State University, can accommodate a large audience—no ticket required.

DATE
Sunday, May 19, 2019

TIME
Noon (ceremony duration: approximately 2 hours)

Graduation Deadlines

Apply to Graduate Deadline
Monday, April 1

Order Your Cap and Gown
Monday, April 1

Student Speaker Entries Deadline
Monday, April 29

Sing the National Anthem Entries Deadline
Monday, April 29

Submit a Message to Your Loved One Deadline:
Monday, April 29

Cap and Gown Pick-up
May 6 - 17

Annual Alumni Dinner
Saturday, May 18

Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College for the Annual Alumni Dinner celebrating Granite State College and the Class of 2019. This year’s dinner will be hosted at the Homestead in Bristol, NH on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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Commencement
Sunday, May 19

Apply to Graduate
September 2018, December 2018, March 2019 graduates, and those candidates pending June 2019 conferral are invited to attend the 2019 commencement ceremony.

Those intending to apply to graduate and attend the 2019 Commencement Ceremony should do so before April 1, 2019.

Before applying, you should generate a new degree evaluation to verify that you’re ready to file. Any questions about your status can be sent to your advisor or the Registrar’s Office at registrars.office@granite.edu.

Cap & Gown Orders
If you did not submit your cap and gown order when you applied to graduate, please place your regalia order.

Cap and Gown Pick-up: May 6 - May 17
Master’s Degree Students: Master’s degree regalia is sent to the campus you select at the time you submit your cap and gown sizes. If campus pick-up is not possible, you can pick up your regalia at the Student Registration area the morning of Commencement. The master’s degree regalia package will include your cap, gown, and tassel only. All hoods will be kept with our staff; you will be “hooded” on stage during the ceremony.

Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Students: Regalia is sent to the campus you select at the time you submit your cap and gown sizes. If campus pick-up is not possible, you can pick up your regalia at the Student Registration area the morning of Commencement.

When to Arrive
Your arrival time is between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. There will be attendants to direct you to the Registration Area to check in by last name. The check-in list from the Registration Area is our master for calling names during the ceremony, so be sure to arrive on time to ensure accuracy. Students that arrive after 11 a.m. may be added to the end of the student processional.

PLEASE NOTE: Leave your belongings with a family member or friend. There is no secure area for valuables. Granite State College, nor Plymouth State University, accept responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Guest Information

Guests can enter the venue at 10:30 a.m. We ask that they are seated by 11:50 a.m. Please note that graduates will be directed to a “graduate only” area for check-in and line up. Guests and graduates should expect to separate once they arrive at the venue.

Volunteers will be available at all entrances to assist with any questions and to direct grads and guests to their appropriate areas.

Directions & Parking

To arrive at ALLWell North from all points north and south, take I-93 to exit 25. Turn right onto Rt. 175A. AllWell North is located on the right, on N. River Road (.4 miles from off ramp, before crossing over the bridge into Plymouth).

However, you must park at the Ice Arena on Rt. 175A: Lots 601 and 602 (see map).

You may also park in any of the lots on the main campus and walk to the ceremony. All parking on Campus is free.

Parking is prohibited along Rt-175a in Holderness. Parking on public streets in Plymouth is free on Sundays.

Handicapped parking will be available for vehicles with a state issued handicapped plate or placard in the lot near the PE Center on Field House Road or in the lot next to the Facilities Building on Holderness Road/Rt-175a. Click here for a handicapped parking map. Transportation will be provided for those with walking difficulties.

Police will direct traffic after the ceremony. Holderness Road/Rt-175a will be closed to all westbound vehicular traffic except emergency and maintenance vehicles. All vehicle traffic leaving the Ice Arena and PE Center parking lots will be directed towards I-93. If you are returning to the main campus after commencement use I-93 North and take exit 26.

Ceremony

Processional: Noon
At noon you and your fellow graduates will process into the venue. Please remain standing until after the National Anthem or you are instructed to sit.

Live Stream
Family and friends are welcome to watch the 2019 commencement ceremony live in the convenience of their home. The Live Stream can be viewed, the day of commencement, at granite.edu/granitegrad.

Conferral of Degrees
Master’s degree candidates are conferred first. Please remain seated until a staff member indicates for your row to rise. You will walk to the left side of the stage where you will receive your hood. Please drape the hood over your right arm and ascend the stairs. When your name is called you will proceed across the stage and be hooded by the Provost. You will receive your congratulatory note from the President and have your photo taken. Descend the stairs to the right of the stage and return to your seat and sit.

Bachelor’s degree candidates are conferred next. Please remain seated until a staff member indicates for your row to rise. You will walk to the left side of the stage where you will ascend the stairs. When your name is called you will proceed across the stage and receive your congratulatory note. You will shake hands with the President and have your photo taken. Descend the stairs to the right of the stage and return to your seat and sit.

The same process (as the bachelor’s degree candidates) will repeat for associate degree candidates.

The Recessional
The platform party will recess first, followed by faculty. Staff members will instruct you when to exit. The ceremony, including the conferral of degrees, is approximately two hours in length.

Regalia FAQ

Only caps and gowns provided by Granite State College are allowed, and are yours to keep.

The mortar board atop your cap should lie parallel with the floor. The tassel for associate and bachelor’s degree candidates is to be worn to the right of the mortarboard prior to the ceremony. Master’s degree candidates wear their tassel to the left.

Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Honor Society) graduates are distinguished by gold and maroon cords draping the gow­n around the neck.

Students who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces are distinguished by a red, white, and blue honor cord in recognition of their service to our country.

Diplomas & Academic Honors

To acknowledge your achievement, you will receive a congratulatory statement as you cross the stage.

Diplomas for students completing their degree during the Sprint Term will be mailed when academic records and certification of graduation are complete: approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Conferral is pending successful completion of all remaining course work in your programs.

Baccalaureate Student Honors 
Bachelor’s Degree candidates with honors designation have achieved outstanding academic performance and have completed the college’s academic residency requirements. These students are distinguished with gold cords draping their gowns. Note: the graduation program lists honors based on the GPA at the time of publication.

GPA DESIGNATION

3.75 - 4.0 summa cum laude

3.50 - 3.74 magna cum laude

3.25 - 3.49 cum laude

Associate Student Honors
Associate Degree candidates with honors designation have achieved outstanding academic performance and have completed the college’s academic residency requirements. These students are distinguished with bronze cords draping their gowns. Note: the graduation program lists honors based on the GPA at the time of publication.

GPA DESIGNATION

3.75 - 4.0 High honors

3.25 - 3.7 Honors

Photography

A professional photographer will take a photo of you receiving your diploma. Photos will be available for purchase from their website following the ceremony.

To Access:

Photo Packages Available

  • Package 1: 1 - 8x10 $30
  • Package 2: 2 - 5x7, 4 wallets $35
  • Package 3: 1 - 8x10, 2 - 5x7, and 8 wallets $45
  • Package 4: Digital file, emailed to grad $60

Shipping will be $5 per order. (Note: shipping after August 1 will be $7 per order.) Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Shipment will be through the USPS, so P.O. boxes can be used.

Please note: Candid photos taken by the College's photographer may be used in college publications.

Staying Nearby?

The College has reserved rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Plymouth, and the Comfort Inn in Ashland. See information and reservation deadlines below.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 12 Ridgeview Lane, Plymouth, NH, 603-536-0100
Room rate: $149 plus tax
Reservation deadline: April 18 (note: after this date rooms will return to inventory)
Group name: Granite State College
www.marriott.com/lcipl

Comfort Inn, 53 West Street, Ashland NH, 603-968-7668
Room rate: $169 plus tax
Reservation deadline: March 15 (note: after this date rooms will return to inventory)
Group name: Granite State College
https://www.choicehotels.com/new-hampshire/ashland/comfort-inn-hotels

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Stay the weekend and enjoy not only the beautiful scenery, but these classic New Hampshire attractions The White Mountains has a lot to offer. For a complete list, visit: https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/attractions

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