Granite State College is joining University of New Hampshire as the College of Professional Studies.

Commencement

COMMENCEMENT 2023

SAVE THE DATE!

Granite State College is thrilled to announce that Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2023 will be held at the Whittemore Center at UNH, a multi-purpose arena located on the Durham campus.

Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: University of New Hampshire Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, NH (with live broadcast available online)

We look forward to an exciting ceremony where we will honor your accomplishments—and the tremendous support of your family and close friends. A live broadcast will also be available online.

Updated September 7, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cap & Gown Information

I forgot to submit my Cap and Gown order form when I applied to graduate. What can I do?

This deadline recently passed (Monday, April 11, 2022). Questions? Email gsc.graduation@granite.edu or call 603-513-1391

How will I receive my Cap and Gown?

Students will receive their regalia shipped directly to them at the address specified on the order form, free of charge. Orders placed by 4/11/22 deadline should be received no later than 5/15/22.

Questions can be directed to gsc.graduation@granite.edu

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

Are tickets for guests required? What if I have a guest that needs accessible seating and parking?

No, tickets will not be required this year. However, please fill out the RSVP form to notify us if someone in your group has accessibility needs.

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

Seating for commencement is general admission. All graduates will be seated on the field.

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

When should I arrive?

This year, we will be doing a processional. Graduates should arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to account for parking, registration, and to line up for the processional. We encourage grads and their guests arrive together to help with to limit parking congestion before and after the event. There will be ample signage to help direct you to the proper entrance. At the gates, staff will guide graduates and guests to their 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.

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. 

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

Graduates and guests will park in the SNHU parking garage, located adjacent to the stadium at 75 South Commercial St., Manchester. Accessibility parking will be in the rear lot, past the stadium.

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?

This year, we will be doing a processional. Graduates should arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to account for parking, registration, and an on time start. Promptly at 4:00p.m. you and your fellow graduates will process into the venue. If you are able, 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. The ceremony, including the conferral of degrees, is approximately two hours in length. While we cannot estimate when your name will be called, you can see which degrees are awarded first to get an approximate idea:

  • Processional
  • 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.

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?

GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement. A proof of student photos will be available after the ceremony.

When will my photos be available?

You will be notified as soon as photos are available. More details to come!

How do I access my photos?

To view your proofs online, please visit the GradImages site.

Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail.

If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 1-800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.

Hotel in the Area

Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown

The Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown is located at 35 Spring St, Manchester, NH 03101.

To reserve a room, mention corporate account 3282855 or click here. 

Next Steps

 

Students are required to fill out the Intent to Graduate Form on WebRock

Students intending to apply to graduate and attend the 2022 Commencement Ceremony should do so before April 11, 2022 on WebRock.

Before applying, students should generate a new degree evaluation to verify they are ready to file. Any questions on your status can be sent to your assigned academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office at registrars.office@granite.edu

September 2021, December 2021, March 2022 graduates, and those candidates pending June 2022 conferral are invited to attend the 2022 commencement ceremony.

Students who apply to graduate after the posted deadlines will only be eligible to apply for the next scheduled conferral date.

Questions? Email gsc.graduation@granite.edu or call 603-513-1391

Important Deadlines

Apply to Graduate: Monday April 11, 2022

Order Your Cap and Gown: This deadline recently passed (Monday, April 11, 2022). Questions? Email gsc.graduation@granite.edu or call 603-513-1391

RSVP Form

Students are asked to fill out the RSVP form. This will cover attendance, accessibility needs, and more!

How Will Graduates Be Seated

Students will be seated in last name alphabetical order, by degree (i.e. associate, bachelor’s and master's), under the direction of Delta Dental Stadium staff.

Next Steps

 

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.

 

Apply To Sing The National Anthem

Members of the Class of 2022 may submit the following form if you would like to be considered as the National Anthem at the graduation Ceremony on May 22, 2022.

 

Apply To Be The Commencement Speaker

Members of the Class of 2022 may submit the following form if you would like to be considered as the student speaker at the graduation ceremony on May 22, 2022.

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