Students who are eligible to participate in Commencement and have been approved by the Registrar, will receive communications from the Commencement Office confirming which ceremony they will be participating in through their SNHU email account.
Any questions about Commencement can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our ceremonies typically last 2 - 2.5 hours.
No, at this time, our only formal Commencement ceremonies are held each Spring.
Southern New Hampshire University’s Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed on the SNHU website. These videos will be available for viewing during and after the ceremony.
There is no practice prior to the ceremony. Once graduates arrive at the SNHU Arena, staff will provide instructions.
The SNHU bus diploma delivery tour was a fun way we connected with our online learners and graduates around the country a few years ago. We still share those stories proudly so you will see them on TV from time to time. Unfortunately, the SNHU bus is not on the road now.
All information regarding Commencement is sent to eligible graduates’ SNHU emails once they have petitioned to graduate.
This is a required first step in the conferral process. The petition for conferral is the learner’s request to the Registrar’s Office to begin the audit process as the learners approach the end of their degree programs. You must submit a Petition to receive your diploma and you must submit your petition by March 15 to be considered for eligibility to participate in an upcoming Spring Commencement ceremony.
For questions regarding the Petition process, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
The deadline to submit your Petition for Conferral to participate in the Spring ceremony is March 15.
If you’ve missed the deadline, please be sure you still petition so the process to confer your degree is completed. Once the Registrar approves your eligibility, you will automatically be added to receive information about the next available ceremony.
Due to the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, SNHU Spring 2020 Commencement has been postponed. If you were eligible to attend the Spring 2020 ceremonies, updated registration information will be sent to your SNHU email as soon as new dates are confirmed.
Diplomas are not distributed at the Commencement Ceremony, only diploma covers.
As long as graduates have completed their coursework, are in good academic standing, do not have any outstanding financial obligations, and have completed the Financial Aid exit counseling, their diploma will be mailed to the address they provided on their Petition for Conferral form approximately 10 business days after their conferral date. Conferrals occur once a month.
To learn more about our Latin and Ceremonial Honors policy, visit the Policies and Etiquette tab on our Graduates page.
If attending, any eligible cords (undergraduate only) are distributed 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 not attending, any eligible cords will be mailed to you with your regalia.
UC students may be eligible to attend Honors and Hooding Ceremonies. These events are coordinated by the different schools and information will be sent directly from those offices.
If you are an online student and have completed your degree program, the graduates with the highest GPAs in each program are eligible to receive Distinguished Scholar recognition. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Commencement Speaker applications open beginning in January by invitation-only to eligible graduates. Please check your SNHU email to see if you are eligible to apply.
Eligible undergraduates must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Eligible graduates must have a 3.8 GPA or higher. Degree conferral date must be between September 1 and the term that ends prior to Commencement Weekend.
A committee made up of SNHU staff and faculty review the applications and based on a scoring rubric, select 10-20 finalists to submit recorded draft Commencement speeches. That same committee views the speeches and selects a speaker for each Commencement ceremony. Eligible graduates must complete their Petition to Graduate by January 1st.
The call for National Anthem singer auditions is February 3rd, the deadline to enter is February 28th. Please watch your SNHU email, mySNHU announcements, or check in SNHUconnect and SNHU social media accounts for the link to audition.
The fee included the conferral process and shipment of your diploma, one complimentary copy of your official transcript, your cap and gown, and other Commencement items.
Please visit www.balfour.com/snhu.
Please contact the Registrar’s Office through the Service Portal for questions regarding diplomas and/or conferrals.
Yes. Once their Petition for Conferral is approved, and you have registered to attend Commencement, all graduates will need to reserve tickets for their guests.
Children under the age of 3 will not be included in your guest count. You may also reserve tickets for underclassmen, faculty or staff, if you’d like.
The deadline for guest ticket reservations is April 10th. If you’d like to make changes to your guest information, please do so before May 6. Online students only may opt-in to a waitlist to reserve 2 additional tickets. If additional seats become available, you will be notified.
Students can compose their own letters and request an enrollment verification letter from SNHU if that is required by the embassy in question. Review these instructions for additional details. Neither the Registrar’s Office, International Student Services nor the Commencement Office provide letters of invitation for students.
Please visit http://www.snhuarena.com/arenainfo/directions_parking/ for directions to the arena.
Information regarding parking and directions are located at the City of Manchester website.
The City of Manchester has 3,500 metered parking spaces in the downtown area. Most of the meters are Pay & Display parking kiosks. The center of downtown has a 2-hour parking limit and parking is $.75 per hour on Saturdays - 10am-8pm on Elm St. between Granite and Bridge. After 5pm you can park at any meter for any length of time as long as you pay to park.
Parking in downtown Manchester is at your own discretion. Please note: Parking at local businesses, including Market Basket, is not advised. Your vehicle will likely be towed.
Graduates must enter through the lower lot of SNHU Arena, (access from Cedar Street gate area or Auburn Street side) and proceed down into the loading dock area. Please arrive one hour before the start of the Commencement Ceremony. Guests should check with the graduate regarding the ceremony time. Guests should enter the Arena through the front doors of the SNHU Arena, located at 555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
Graduates should use the following form to coordinate with our Accessibility team for their ceremony: http://bit.ly/snhuaccessrequestform. Guests cannot pre-register for accommodations but there will be Accessibility staff members to assist at the entrances of the Arena.
Yes. Elevators are located to the right in the front lobby of the SNHU Arena.
Backpacks, large bags, weapons of any type are not allowed in the Arena. Diaper bags will be subject to search by Arena Security. Strollers are not permitted in the seating area of the Arena and will be asked to be stored in designated areas in the concourse/walkway.
No, but please note that Concession stands will be open during the ceremony.