Congratulations! You Did It!
Ready to celebrate your hard work? At Southern New Hampshire University, we encourage your participation in Commencement. Whether you travel to meet your advisors and peers – or you get festive at home with family and friends – your accomplishments are worth it.
You are worth it.
How Will You Attend?
- Manchester, New Hampshire
- Reserve guest tickets
- Wherever you are
- Invite everyone you know
See For Yourself What Commencement is Like in New Hampshire
Imagine thousands of people have gathered in an arena to celebrate your academic accomplishments.
If you attend Commencement in Manchester, New Hampshire, you get to experience that very event.
Learn why others have traveled to graduation by car, bus, train or plane to put on a cap and have their moment in the spotlight.
Get a feel for what SNHU Commencement is like by checking out some of our past ceremonies.
6 Reasons the In-Person Ceremony is So Special
Graduates travel the world to attend their college graduation.
Here are a few reasons why our grads say the event is so memorable:
- The pride in the eyes of fellow grads
- The celebratory atmosphere and cheering of the crowd
- The knowledgeable and helpful staff
- The smooth process
- Honoring military and first-generation graduates
- The clapline from staff as grads exit the arena
How to Plan Your Virtual Ceremony
It can be just as important to celebrate with all the people who supported you along the way. Here are some tips to make your at-home party memorable:
- Get the Virtual Commencement Ceremony link set up on your computer or TV screen
- Designate a friend to take a picture when your name is called
- Have beverages of choice ready for toasts
- Make sure a cake knife is on hand so slices can be passed out
- Record the obligatory video of you throwing your cap into the air – and don't forget to post it on social media with #snhucelebrate
Spotlight on SNHU Graduates
SNHU students live around the country and across the globe. And they each have a unique story. Learn more about the transformation these graduates experienced here.
What Graduates Have Said About Commencement
Jessica Thompson '23, BA Human Services/Substance Abuse
"It was really important for me to come to Commencement (to really validate all the hard work and dedication I've put into my degree and) to really celebrate with the people that supported me."
"Being at Commencement, seeing your family there – who's been supporting you the whole time and are cheering you on – it's an extremely great moment."
-Cole Gonchar '22, MBA
Aspiring Author Shares her SNHU Commencement Story
Meet Kayleigh Maier, an SNHU campus student who chose to cross the Commencement stage with her mother, Heather, who studied online. With her bachelor’s degree now in-hand, Kayleigh aspires to become an author.
Navy Veteran Earns SNHU Degree after Cancer Diagnosis
Meet Remus Figueroa, a Navy veteran and father of three, who began his SNHU journey after his first day of chemotherapy. Despite the challenges he faced, juggling work, life, school, and a cancer diagnosis, Remus persisted and graduated alongside his wife and number one supporter, Marlene.
Changing Paths at 61: The Journey of an Aspiring Attorney
Meet Sharla Kaleihua Kahale-Miner who traveled to SNHU Commencement all the way from Hawaii’s big island. After seeing the disparities in her community, she decided to go back to school and become a voice for locals. With her SNHU degree, she plans to continue on to law school and become an attorney.
SNHU Staff Graduate Together
With their MS in Higher Education Administration degrees, Frederico and Alexa both became the first in their families to earn a graduate degree. Frederico, who emigrated from Brazil at age ten in pursuit of the American dream, works in the Registrar’s Office, and Alexa, serves as a team lead in the Admissions Office.
Now It's Your Turn!
We succeed because you succeed. Nothing makes us happier than telling the stories of our graduates.
From your first call with your admission counselor to leaving the arena after Commencement – and all the moments in between – we want to learn more about your journey at SNHU.
Get Social With Us
Use #SNHUcelebrate on your platform of choice to share your photos and videos with the SNHU community!
Join One of the Fastest-Growing Alumni Networks in the Country
Four ceremonies spanned SNHU's Commencement Weekend, which brought nearly 4,200 SNHU graduates to Manchester, New Hampshire, to participate in long-held and much-awaited graduation traditions. This spring, more than 16,700 graduates joined an ever-growing community of 215,000 SNHU alumni.
Some 3,500 students traded warm hats and coats for graduation caps and gowns inside the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday. These graduates enrolled at SNHU for different reasons and from diverse backgrounds, but they now share at least one commonality: They are college graduates.
Graduation ceremonies celebrate the effort that guided graduates through their courses and late nights, class discussions and final projects. They also look toward the future. More than 15,000 SNHU graduates are beginning the next chapter of their lives with a degree in hand this spring.