This ceremony is about the graduate — but it’s also about the people who helped them get there. Information on tickets, accessibility and area information for guests can be found below.
Graduates reserve tickets for their guests. If a child is 3 years old or younger and won’t use their own seat, you do not need to include them in your guest count. The ceremonies are held at the SNHU Arena at 555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.
Guests should check with their graduate regarding the ceremony time. Guest doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Guests should enter the front of the entrance of the SNHU Arena, facing Elm Street. Our ceremonies typically last 2 - 2.5 hours.
Elevators are located to the right in the front lobby of the SNHU Arena.
Information regarding parking and directions are located at the City of Manchester.
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.
Accessible parking close to the SNHU Arena is on a first-come, first-serve basis off Cedar Street and on either side of Chestnut Street. Visible accessible parking tags are required.
When guests of the graduates enter the main doors for the SNHU Arena, there will be a table with Accessibility Staff who will assist with seating and other accommodations. Please read the Commencement Accessibility Information document for more information.
For graduates participating in the Friday ceremony, there will be a luncheon reception before the ceremony held on campus on the Green Space (in the Banquet Hall if it rains) from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. (Campus Green Space Directions)
For all ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday: There will be a two-hour reception immediately following each ceremony in the SNHU Dining Center. (SNHU Dining Center Directions)
Visit our information page for area information.
Visit the SNHU Bookstore in the Freese Student Center or online.
Questions? Visit our FAQs page.