Commencement Information

2018 Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to all Franklin Pierce University students planning to graduate! When you receive your diploma, you will proudly join more than 18,000 Franklin Pierce alumni across the United States and the World. 

Commencement Timeline:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
11:00 a.m.–2 p.m. Commencement Fair, Rindge students, Spagnuolo Hall
All students should order their cap and gown by 4/6/17.
See more details about your cap & gown

Friday, May 4, 2018
3:15 p.m.- Rindge Students line up in front of the Fieldhouse with cap and gown
3:30 p.m.- Honors Convocation for Rindge students, Fieldhouse

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:00 p.m.- CGPS Honor Inductees, Manchester Center, Manchester, NH
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.- CGPS Graduation Reception will be in the Manchester Center, Manchester, NH.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Class of 2018 Senior Send-Off Festival in Senior Village
8:00 p.m. - Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 11, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Senior Brunch, Sodexo Dining Services
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Rehearsal for Rindge Students, Spagnuolo Hall

1:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony for CGPS DPT students, Fieldhouse
1:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. – Senior Clean Out for Rindge Students
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate for Rindge students, Fieldhouse
                  *Students should line up outside the Fieldhouse at 3:45 p.m. with their cap and gown.*
6:00 p.m. – Honorary Degree Recipient Dinner (Marulli/President's Area)
9:00 p.m. 11:45 a.m. - Senior Fire for Rindge students

Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:30 a.m.- Students should line up at Marcucella Hall
10:30 a.m.- Commencement Ceremony.
12:30 a.m.- Family Reception (Library Courtyard)

Honorary Degree Recipients and Peterson Award Winner (To be announced)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Resources and answers about Commencement.
Academic Requirements

Students are required to follow the Commencement Participation Policy and submit a Request to Graduate form.
Undergraduate Rindge Request to Graduate
- CGPS Request to Graduate


Plan your trip to the Rindge Campus.

Traffic for Commencement

Traffic flow for commencement is one-way through campus.

Lodging & Dining

The following list of accommodations and restaurants have been prepared as an informational guide for Franklin Pierce University visitors.

Contact Us

Contact the Commencement Committee or visit our most frequently asked questions (FAQ)

2017CommencementClass of 2017 Ceremony Gallery

Take a look at 2017 Commencement photos.

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Photos taken right after walking off the stage with diploma. Order photos of your graduate from our partner, Grad Images.