Frequently Asked Questions about
Commencement 2015

Before the ceremony

How do I check my commencement status?
If you have questions about where you stand regarding commencement (i.e., number of credits, required course work, etc.) contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mail at CGPS Students should contact their Center Directors for information. 

How do I Petition to Graduate?
CGPS graduates should check with their Center or Program Directors if unclear about their graduation status. Request to Graduate forms (RTGs) for Rindge graduates have been reviewed and seniors have been notified by e-mail. In order for caps and gowns to be ordered in a timely fashion, the deadline for completed RTGs is Dec. 1 for Rindge and Jan. 2 for CGPS graduates. If you have not as yet received this e-mail or filled out information related to the ceremony, please visit the Registrar’s office or contact the office by e-mail at

How do I get my cap and gown?
For graduates of the College at Rindge, academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) can be picked up in Spagnuolo Hall, located in the Campus Center, on April 22 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. College at Rindge graduates who cannot be on campus on that day should see Stella Walling in Peterson Hall before May 4.
Regalia for graduates of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) will be distributed at the CGPS centers by the Center Directors. CGPS graduates should contact their Center Director for further information. The cost of your regalia is included in the graduation fee.

When will I be recognized for divisional honors and high honors?
Divisional honors and high honors certificates and other awards for the College of Rindge graduates will be distributed at the Awards Convocation on May 8. Outstanding students from the College of Graduate & Professional Studies will be recognized during the CGPS Graduation reception.

How do I get my gold honors and honors society cords?
Gold honors cords (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude - see the Franklin Pierce University catalog for Latin honors requirements at will be distributed together with your cap and gown for both Rindge and CGPS graduates. Honors society cords are distributed at the initiation ceremonies of the respective societies.

What is the date, time and location of the Hooding Ceremony for CGPS doctoral students?
The CGPS Hooding Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse on the main campus in Rindge, N.H. Graduates should contact their Center Directors for further information.

What is the date, time and location of the Baccalaureate service?
The Baccalaureate service for undergraduate students is a time of remembering, honoring, and sending forth the graduating class with blessings. The student speakers and a staff or faculty member are selected by students with the assistance of their advisors. The service will be held on Friday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m. in  the Fieldhouse on the main campus in Rindge, N.H. Students and families are invited to attend and tickets are not needed for this event. Students should line up in front of  the Fieldhouse dressed in their regalia at 3:40 p.m.

What is the date, time and location of the 2015 Commencement Ceremony?
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. on the Rindge, N.H. campus. Since the ceremony will be held outside, we recommend that you bring an umbrella, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray depending on the weather.

Are tickets required?
Guest admission to the commencement site is by ticket only. Each graduate will receive six tickets and six commencement announcements. Graduating students participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket.  Contact Jim Early via for extra tickets, as some may be available on a limited basis.

Who should I speak to if my name is unusual or difficult to pronounce?
If your name is unusual or difficult to pronounce, please let us know exactly how to say it. Graduates may call 603-899-4162 and leave a message to clearly pronounce your name, spell your name and state your college (Rindge or CGPS). Graduates may contact Jim Earle at  

Are animals allowed on campus?
No animals are permitted on campus except for guide/companion animals.

The Day of Commencement

Where do I park?
Campus traffic is unusually heavy on the morning of commencement, so plan to arrive very early. Uniformed officers will direct you to parking at various venues around the campus. Parking is limited and we request that you carpool if possible.

What special services are provided for guests with accessibility needs?
There is limited space for wheelchairs and special parking for people who have difficulty walking. If you have a guest who needs special accommodations or on-campus housing (limited), please e-mail Handicapped seating is available, emergency medical help is available and restroom facilities (porta-potties) are located near the commencement site.

Will refreshments be available on Commencement Day?
A continental breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Spagnuolo Hall, Campus Center.

Where should graduating students go and when should they arrive on campus?
At 9 a.m., graduates should line up alphabetically, by degree, in Marcucella Hall. Staff will be there to help you find your place. Please don’t be late, and remember to wear your cap (tassel on the right, until after you receive your degree), gown and hood. During the lineup, you will be given a card with your name on it, your degree and Latin honors (if appropriate).

What is the order and length of the ceremony?
At 10:30 a.m., the procession will begin. The ceremony will include the conferring of honorary degrees, followed by the conferring of graduate and undergraduate degrees. The ceremony usually lasts approximately two hours.

After the ceremony

The Franklin Pierce University Alumni Association is pleased to welcome and congratulate the Class of 2014. Be sure to stop by the Alumni Association tent on commencement day. You will be able to purchase flowers, order diploma frames and receive information about videos of the ceremony, graduation photos, class jewelry, etc. If you have questions about Alumni Association activities or opportunities, please e-mail  

Will there be a reception after the commencement ceremony?
Yes. Beverages and sweets will be served following the commencement ceremony. Follow the procession to the courtyard between the Library and Peterson Hall.

May I honor a graduate’s accomplishments with a gift?
Yes. Please consider a gift to the Library Book Fund as a way of honoring graduates’ accomplishments while also giving something special to future students. A tax-deductible donation may be made in any amount. You may suggest materials on a topic of special interest to your graduate or let the librarians choose materials that will enrich the collection. In the case of gifts of $50 or more, the book(s) purchased will be inscribed with the graduate’s name and class year and/or the name of the instructor or supportive friend you would like to honor. Please send your contribution and the desired inscription and a preference for subject matter, if desired, to the attention of Director of Library Services, Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461.

When will I get my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to your home (if you are financially clear) approximately four weeks after commencement or four weeks after receipt of your final grades. In order to ensure that you receive your diploma in a timely fashion, please make sure that the Registrar's Office has your correct home address. If you have recently moved, you may contact the Registrar's Office at with your new address for correct delivery of your diploma.

If you still have questions that have not been answered here, please contact:

Jim Earle
Commencement Planning Committee

Registrar’s Office
(603) 899-4068