Graduands gather for processionGraduands process onto the Quad to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance.
Diplomas outside Alumni HallDiplomas are conferred on the Quad outside Alumni Hall.
Abbey Church convocation ceremonyGraduands gather for convocation ceremonies prior to commencement exercises.
Student capCommencement exercises are open to family and friends.

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Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, and Reception

Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Abbey Church

All graduands, parents, guests, faculty and staff are invited to attend the convocation, mass and reception.

Graduands with cap and gown, the Faculty, and the Benedictine Community assemble in the Geisel Library beginning at 4 p.m. The Academic Procession begins at 4:50 p.m. A Mass of Thanksgiving will follow the Honors Convocation, with a reception on the College Green immediately following Mass. Light refreshments will be served.

Commencement Exercises for Class of 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Lawn in front of Alumni Hall
Commencement Speaker Announced »
Commencement story, video and photos (2015) »

Graduands with cap, gown, and hood assemble in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium at 1 p.m. The Academic Procession leaves Stoutenburgh Gymnasium at 1:50 p.m. Exercises should conclude by 4 p.m.

Rain Plan

If the weather is inclement, Commencement takes place in the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Graduands may obtain five tickets, available in the Registrar's Office.


Due to the many guests that join us for commencement, please be prepared to walk across campus from outlying parking lots. Staff will be on hand to direct guests to handicapped and general parking lots.

Live-Stream Available

Live online video will be provided of the Commencement ceremony for those unable to join us on campus. The video will be streamed on this page on Saturday, May 21.

On-Campus Simulcast

A simulcast of the ceremonies will be available in the Coffee Shop/Pub, Dana Center, Lower Church and the Perini Lecture Hall of the Goulet Center.

Special Hours

Campus Bookstore

  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Coffee Shop

  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Handicap Requests

Families with handicap needs should contact

For other questions/information please contact the Office of the Dean of the College at (603) 641-7250 or

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Graduate Information

The cap, gown, and hood are purchased through the campus bookstore. Announcements and invitations to the Commencement Exercises may also be purchased through the campus bookstore. Visit for details

Commencement Photos, Inc. will take photographs as each graduand accepts his/her diploma. Only official photographers will be allowed near the platform at that time.

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