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Graduating from SNHU

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?

In Person

Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5
  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Reserve guest tickets

Virtually

Saturday, May 25
  • 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.


We Asked SNHU Grads: How does it feel to be at Commencement?

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:

  1. The pride in the eyes of fellow grads
  2. The celebratory atmosphere and cheering of the crowd
  3. The knowledgeable and helpful staff
  1. The smooth process
  2. Honoring military and first-generation graduates
  3. 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.

Jessica Thompson '23, BA Human Services/Substance Abuse

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.

A graduate wearing a cap and gown, holding her diploma cover up over her head

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.

Share more about yourself and your SNHU story.

Get Social With Us

Use #SNHUcelebrate on your platform of choice to share your photos and videos with the SNHU community!

Show Your SNHU Pride

All eyes will be on your yard when you post an SNHU Grad lawn sign! Just download your 18" x 24" sign, and have it printed at your local print shop.



Join One of the Fastest-Growing Alumni Networks in the Country

A graduate dressed in a cap and gown and holding a diploma over his head at the Fall 2023 SNHU Commencement.

A New Chapter Begins: The Story of SNHU’s Fall Class of 2023

This weekend, the SNHU Arena welcomed students from 50 different countries and every U.S. state and territory to celebrate their new degrees. The ceremonies marked an important chapter for more than 22,500 eligible graduates who joined a community of over 230,000 SNHU alumni.
An SNHU Class of 2023 graduate dressed in a cap and gown and holding a diploma cover up in the air.

Diverse Journeys, One Destination: Celebrating SNHU’s Spring Graduates

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.

A graduate dressed in cap and gown, waving to loved ones at an SNHU Commencement ceremony.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies Celebrate More Than 17K SNHU Graduates

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.

An SNHU graduate in cap and gown, standing among many other sitting graduates.

In Full Bloom: Class of 2022 Grads Join the Growing Alumni Community

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.