This is it. The moment you stand up and celebrate your success. We’re here to help with everything you need for the big day — from schedules and checklists to guest and faculty info and FAQs. Read on to learn more.
Undergraduate learners who are eligible for Ceremonial or Latin honors will receive honors cords when you check in with the Registrar at the Arena on the day of Commencement. You can ask them to refresh your academic record to have the most current honors status reflected when your name is read during the ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, and are eligible they will be shipped to you with your regalia.
Current and former servicemembers are eligible for military honors cords. You will receive them when you check in with the Registrar at the Arena on the day of Commencement. If you cannot attend the ceremony, they will be shipped to you with your regalia.
Honor Society Regalia:
If you have received an honor society cord and/or stole mailed to you from a nationally recognized honor society you will be allowed to wear them at your ceremony. If you are an inducted member of a SNHU-affiliated honor society, you can purchase the items individually from the National Office and have it mailed to you prior to Commencement weekend. No online program honor society items can be purchased at Commencement or through the SNHU Bookstore. SNHU-Affiliated Honor Society regalia questions should be sent to AcadHonorSociety@snhu.edu.
If you have been issued an international stole from a SNHU study abroad program or from a previous institution, you may wear it over your regalia at the ceremony. International stoles must be purchased from a reputable regalia provider to be permitted to be worn at Commencement (i.e. Oak Hall, Vision Wear, etc.). No stoles will be available for purchase at the Arena.
Please arrive one hour before your ceremony. Guests doors open 90 minutes before the ceremony.
When you arrive at the SNHU Arena:
Graduates who would like accommodations for the ceremony are asked to complete this form by May 1st to receive assistance from our Accessibility Team.
Guests of graduates cannot pre-register for accommodations. Members of our Accessibility Team will meet guests at the entrances of the Arena to assist them with seating and other requests. Please read the Commencement Accessibility Information document for more information.
To be considered for eligibility to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony, you must submit your Petition for Conferral prior to March 15 of that year.
Southern New Hampshire university awards Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) to bachelor degree learners who have met GPA requirements and completed a minimum of half of their program of study at SNHU (60 credits).
To be recognized with Ceremonial Honors, the student must meet the following criteria:
To graduate with Latin Honors, the student's must meet the following criteria:
To view the full policy, visit our Knowledge Base page.
Graduates not attending
You must still file a petition to receive your diploma. Make sure you still register as not attending so that you can order your commencement items, including your cap, gown and diploma cover.
Graduates will receive a digital proof of the photos taken within a few weeks following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to email@example.com. After the ceremony orders may be placed online at GradImages or by calling 800.261.2576.
Commencement Memorabilia and Gifts
To order a class ring, visit the Balfour online store.
For other items such as diploma frames and apparel, visit SNHU's Official Bookstore.
Questions? Visit our FAQs page.