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An SNHU Graduate from the summer of 2021

Past Commencements

Every spring and fall, the Southern New Hampshire University community comes to together to celebrate its graduates at Commencement. Whether attending in person or virtually, cheering in the crowd or watching along at home, we want everyone to be a part of the celebration. With a 360-degree virtual reality format, now they can be no matter where they are. Watch entire commencement ceremonies from start to finish, listen to keynote speakers and browse through our photo galleries.

An SNHU graduate celebrating at Commencement 2023 in her cap and gown

Commencement 2023

Southern New Hampshire University marked its 92nd commencement with four in-person ceremonies at the SNHU Arena on April 29-30, and a virtual event on May 20. In the fall, the university conducted its 93rd Commencement in person at the SNHU Arena on Nov. 18, complemented by a virtual celebration on Dec. 9.

Student Speaker Demeeta Hulett at the SNHU 2022 Commencement

Commencement 2022

Southern New Hampshire University celebrated its 90th Commencement in-person at the SNHU Arena on April 30 - May 1, followed by a virtual ceremony on May 14. Months later, its 91st Commencement was held in-person at the SNHU arena on Nov. 19 and virtually on Dec. 10.
SNHU Graduate holding up diploma

Commencement 2020-2021

Southern New Hampshire University’s 89th Commencement ceremony celebrations were held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, N.H., and over the weekend of Nov. 5-7 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H.
Virtual SNHU Graduate recieviing diploma

Virtual Commencement 2020-2021

Southern New Hampshire University’s 88th Commencement was held Saturday, May 8, 2021, recognizing graduates from 2020 and 2021 in the first 100% virtual ceremony.
SNHU graduate holding up his diploma at the 2019 Commencement ceremony

Commencement 2019

The 2019 SNHU Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH.

Paul LeBlanc with an SNHU grad at commencement

Commencement 2018

Southern New Hampshire University’s 86th Commencement weekend was held Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. Guest speakers for the four ceremonies – which recognized about 6,000 graduating students – were Dan Shaughnessy, Azmat Khan, Eric Garcetti and Dr. Vincent W. Patton III.

2017 Commencement speaker

Commencement 2017

The 2017 SNHU Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH.

Immediately following the ceremonies, graduates and their family members were invited to a reception on the SNHU campus.

SNHU Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

Southern New Hampshire University held its 84th commencement Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, 2016. More than 8,500 family and friends celebrated over 10,000 graduates in four ceremonies. Guest speakers included Ted Mitchell, Dr. Swanee Hunt, John Fallon and the Honorable Bob Kerrey.

Commencement 2015

Commencement 2015

SNHU celebrated its 83rd commencement on May 9, 2015. Speakers included former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, and Bassem Youssef, former host of the TV show “Al-Bernameg.”

Commencement 2014

Commencement 2014

The 82nd SNHU commencement ceremony was held May 10, 2014. U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan delivered commencement addresses to over 2,000 online and on campus students.