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COMMENCEMENT 2021 UPDATE

Granite State College is thrilled to announce that we will proceed with an in-person Commencement to recognize and celebrate the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021!

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021 (Rain date: 7/11)
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH (with live broadcast available online)

After much consideration, we are encouraged by the prospect of vaccine availability and the recent downward trend of infection in New Hampshire. Therefore, we look forward to an exciting, socially distanced ceremony where we will appreciate your hard work—and the tremendous support of your immediate family and close friends.

Updated May 10, 2021.

Next Steps

 

Order Your Cap and Gown

This deadline recently passed (Friday, April 30, 2021). Questions? Email gsc.graduation@granite.edu or call 603-513-1391

 

Reserve Your Tickets

Good news! In partnership with Delta Dental Stadium, we have increased the maximum number of guest tickets to six per grad. All grads will be receiving six tickets. Ticket registration is managed directly through Delta Dental Stadium. You MUST place your order for tickets via the link that was emailed to eligible graduates on May 11, 2021. Event tickets will be emailed 72 hours prior to commencement, to the address you identify when completing your ticket request. Your tickets will not come from a Granite State College email account. Please watch your email for a message from a nhfishercats.com email address. If you have questions, please email gsc.graduation@granite.edu.

Deadline: Friday, June 18 at 5 p.m. (ET).

The event will feature the following guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all graduates and guests. Please review the guidelines carefully prior to ordering tickets.

Important Ticket Information

Your ticket will include your arrival time and specific gate entry/exit assignments under the direction of Delta Dental Stadium. The information you receive via email will be your actual ticket, and arrival times, along with assigned parking areas will be clearly identified. Immediately following the ceremony, all graduates will reunite with their guests and will depart at the direction of the stadium staff.

Delta Dental Stadium states that children aged 3 and under do not require a ticket if they will sit on someone’s lap.  If you would like the child to sit in their own seat, you must register them for one of your six guest tickets.

 

How Will Graduates Be Seated

Students will be seated in last name alphabetical order, by degree, under the direction of Delta Dental Stadium staff. This seating is in place for contact tracing purposes, if it were to become necessary.  There will be no student processional due to social distancing requirements.

 

Personalize Your Day

Submit a free, personalized message and photo thanking your loved ones for supporting you while you pursued your degree. Your message will display on the video screen at the Stadium prior to the ceremony for family and friends to see.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cap & Gown

What is the proper way to wear my cap and gown?

The mortar board 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 (when wearing). Master’s degree candidates wear their tassel to the left. Only caps and gowns provided by Granite State College are permitted and are yours to keep.

What color is my tassel?

Associate Degree: Sage Green

Bachelor’s Degree: Blue and white

Master’s Degree: Black

Is the cap and gown different for graduates earning a master's degree?

Yes. Master’s degree graduates have a hood draping their gowns.

How does the College distinguish academic honors? Are there special honors cords?

Bachelor’s degree graduates with honors have a gold cord draping their gowns.

Associate degree graduates with honors have a bronze cord draping their gowns.

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

Are there special honors cords to distinguish non-academic honors?

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.

Arriving at the Stadium and COVID Protocols

Are tickets for guests required?

Graduates can reserve up to six tickets online. Tickets are not transferable to other graduates.

Where will my guests be seated? Where will graduates be seated?

Your guests will be assigned seating based on your last name. All graduates will be seated on the field.

What if I have a guest that needs accessible seating and parking?

At the time that you fill out your ticket request form, you will have the ability to request accessible seating and parking.

Are masks required? What other safety measures can I expect?

Yes, all graduates, guests, and staff must wear masks. Graduates will be asked the standard COVID-19 questions when reserving tickets. Upon arrival, there will be temperature checks at the gates and ample hand sanitizer throughout the stadium. Seating will be assigned to help limit exposure and provide social distancing.

When will I receive my tickets and what information will it include?

Tickets will be emailed to graduates 72 hours before the ceremony, which you should print out prior to arrival. The ticket will indicate your arrival time, which entrance to use, guest seat location, and a map of the stadium.

When should I arrive?

There are staggered arrival times and designated entrances determined by the stadium staff. Grads and their guests MUST arrive together to help ensure social distance, smooth flow, and limit exposure among our guests. There will be ample signage to help direct you to the proper entrance. At the gates, staff will guide graduates and guests to their assigned seats.

What can I bring into the stadium? Are there bag checks?

The stadium staff will maintain bag check protocol. This is a hands-free procedure where guests will put their purses/bags on a table to be checked by a staffer with a drumstick.

Are bathrooms open for guests?

Yes. Stadium staff will ensure social distancing guidelines by marking six-foot taped lines for waiting outside the restrooms. The men’s room will have every other urinal blocked off and the ladies room will have every other stall locked. The restrooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes.

Will the concessions be open?

Yes. Guests will be able to purchase water, other beverages, and light fare.

How will the guests exit? What safety measures can I expect?

Upon completion of the ceremony grads will be directed out of the stadium gates where they can meet up with their families. The Fisher Cats announcer will dismiss guests by sections to ensure social distancing and safety for all attendees.

Directions and Parking

­­Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is located at 1 Line Dr, Manchester, NH 03101.

For directions to the stadium, please visit: https://www.milb.com/new-hampshire/ballpark/directions-parking

Parking

Grads and guests will have access to several parking lots and we will have more specific parking recommendations as the event nears. The stadium is ADA compliant and there are designated handicapped parking spaces in front of Delta Dental Stadium. Individuals needing assistance can use the cul-de-sac in front of Delta Dental Stadium as a drop-off and pick-up point. The City of Manchester has metered parking spots near the stadium, which are free on Sundays.

Traffic can be difficult to manage near the ballpark. The Manchester Police Department will assist with the traffic flow before and after the ceremony. Their intentions are to move traffic as swiftly as possible while managing pedestrians. Please give equal consideration to your departure as well as your arrival. 

Graduation Ceremony

­How long is the ceremony?

Typically, the ceremony is two hours.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes! The stream will be available at granite.edu/granitegrad on the day of the ceremony. Feel free to share this link with loved ones prior to your graduation day.

When will the ceremony begin?

All grads and guests should be seated by 10:55 a.m. for the 11 a.m. ceremony start time. Please remain standing until after the National Anthem or you are instructed to sit.

What is the schedule for the ceremony? When will my name be called?

Below is an overview of the ceremony. While we cannot estimate when your name will be called, you can see which degrees are awarded first to get an approximate idea:

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome and Introduction from the President
  • Student Speaker: Greeting from the Graduates
  • Presenting of Awards
  • Keynote Speaker: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters
  • Academic Honors
  • Conferring of Degrees
    • Master's
    • Bachelor's
    • Associate
  • Conclusion

How will I know when it's time for my row to walk toward the graduation stage and how will I know where to go?

A staff member will be telling each row when to rise and which way to go. You will walk down the third base line towards home plate, where you'll find the College official/s announcing the names of each graduate. When your name is called you will proceed towards home plate to receive your congratulatory note from the President. You can wave to your loved ones, then proceed down the first base line. You will stop half-way and have your photo taken. A staff member will be there to stop you for your photo. You will continue back to your seat and sit.

My name is hard to pronounce. How do I make sure my name is announced correctly?

When you check in, each graduate is provided with an index card with your name. You will show this card to the College official announcing your name. At that time, s/he will ask for clarification on how to pronounce your name to ensure accuracy. Then, you will discard this index card so you can retrieve your diploma!

Will I actually get my diploma during the ceremony?

No. You will receive a leather bound diploma holder that contains a congratulatory note. Because we award degrees throughout the year, many graduates have already received their diplomas by mail. If you are completing your program in June, your diploma 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.

How does the ceremony end? How do I meet up with my loved ones?

Upon completion of the ceremony grads will be directed out of the stadium gates where they can meet up with their families. The Fisher Cats announcer will dismiss guests by sections to ensure social distancing and safety for all attendees.

Academic Honors

How do I know if I'm graduating with 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 Grade Point Averages at the time of publication.

Honors are based on the following Grade Point Averages (GPA):

  • 3.75 - 4.0:  summa cum laude             
  • 3.50 - 3.74: magna cum laude              
  • 3.25 - 3.49: cum laude           

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.

Honors are based on the following Grade Point Averages (GPA):

  • 3.75 - 4.0:  High honors
  • 3.25 - 3.74: Honors
Photographer

Will there be a professional photographer at commencement?

A professional photographer from David Vogt Digital Media will take a photo of you receiving your congratulatory note from the president. A posed shot of you and your congratulatory note will also be taken. Both photos will be available for purchase from the David Vogt website. No obligation necessary. 

When will my photos be available?

Your photos will be available seven to ten business days after commencement.

How do I access my photos?

To access the gallery, please visit: gsc.davidvogt.net
Password: granitegrad

Hotel in the Area

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown

The Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown is located at 101 South Commercial Street, Manchester, NH and is adjacent to the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The College has reserved rooms for those who may want to stay overnight. 

Room rate: $149 plus tax
Reservation deadline: Reservations must be made prior to June 5, 2021
To make a reservation call 603-669-2222
Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/mhtdtgi-hilton-garden-inn-manchester-downtown/

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