Commencement Information

2019 Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to all Franklin Pierce University students planning to graduate! When you receive your diploma, you will proudly join more than 20,000 Franklin Pierce alumni across the United States and the World

Commencement Timeline:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

4:00–5:30 p.m. Welcome to the Alumni Association Reception, Rindge Students, Spagnuolo Hall
All students should order their cap and gown by 3/31/19.
See more details about your cap & gown

Friday, May 10, 2019

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Class of 2019 Senior Send-Off Festival & Cookout in Senior Village for Rindge Students
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.
6:30 p.m.– The Last Lab: Fun Run. Pick-up at the Lakeview Shuttle Stop for Rindge Students
8:00 p.m. Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 17, 2019

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, DiGregorio Parking Lot
(Commencement Venue)
1:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony for CGPS DPT Students, Fieldhouse
1:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. – Green Move 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 p.m.  Senior Fire for Rindge Students

Saturday, May 18, 2019

8:30 a.m. Students arriving from off campus line up at Marcucella Hall
9:00 a.m. Students on the Rindge campus 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 Notice of Candidacy form.
- Notice of Candidacy Form


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)

Weather Information:

Commencement is a “rain or shine” ceremony with outdoor seating each year at Franklin Pierce. Please know that the University monitors the weather daily leading up to Commencement. It is suggested that everyone dress appropriately, including sensible shoes. A limited supply of rain ponchos and umbrellas will be available for guests attending.

Family members or friends attending the ceremony who prefer to be indoors are encouraged to attend a Live Webcast set up in two locations on campus: Franklin Pierce Field House and Spagnuolo Hall. The Live Webcast is also available for anyone unable to attend in person.

Please check this section for the most current weather-related updates and for the link to the Live Webcast. We welcome service dogs only at both indoor and outdoor locations.

2018 CommencementClass of 2018 Ceremony Gallery

Take a look at 2018 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.