Commencement Exercises for Class of 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11 A.M.
Location: College Quadrangle

Saint Anselm College's 127th Commencement exercises will begin promptly at 11 a.m. on the College Quadrangle, weather permitting. See Rain Plan below for additional information.

Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, and Reception

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3 P.M.
Location: Abbey Church

The Senior Honors Convocation will recognize the academic achievement of individual members of the graduating class. Immediately following the Honors Convocation, Abbot Mark and the Benedictine monks will concelebrate the Baccalaureate Mass. You are cordially invited to participate in this Mass with us to thank God for his many blessings during the past four years. 

Immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass, there will be a reception with light refreshments for families and guests as well as faculty and staff of the College. This reception will be held in the Carr Center.

Learn More

Find information about parking, weather plans, dining and bookstore hours, and much more:

  • Schedule


    • 10 a.m., Graduands with cap, gown and hood assemble in the Carr Center.
    • 10:50 a.m., The Academic Procession leaves the Carr Center
    • 11 a.m., Commencement Exercises

    Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, and Reception

    • 2:30 p.m., Graduands with cap, gown and hood assemble is the Geisel Library. The Faculty and the Benedictine community assemble in Joseph Hall.
    • 3 p.m., Honors Convocation with Baccalaureate Mass immediately following
  • 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, starting on May 1 from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Commencement.

    On-campus Simulcast

    The College will also provide, on a first-come, first served basis, access to on-campus simulcast of the Commencement Exercises in the Dana Center, Coffee Shop/Pub, and the Perini Lecture Hall of the Goulet Science Center.

  • Parking, Directions and Area Accommodations

    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.

  • Livestream

    Live online video will be provided of the Commencement ceremony for those unable to join us on campus. The video will be streamed on Saturday, May 16.

  • Anticipated Special Hours


    Location Friday, May 15 Saturday, May 16
    Bookstore 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Coffee Shop 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Gallo Café (Jean Student Center)   8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


  • Handicap Requests

    Families with handicap needs should contact Janet Poirier in the President’s Office at

  • 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 the Bookstore for more 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.

    How to Attach a Graduation Hood