University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

 

UNH Law's 40th Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 16, 2015
2:30 p.m., White Park
Concord, New Hampshire

updated 4/21/15


Welcome to our Commencement Information Center. We hope you will find all the information you need about our Commencement Ceremony.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact our commencement coordinator Christine Rousseau at christine.rousseau@law.unh.edu.

 

Graduation Portraits May 12 & 13

Graduation cap and gown portraits to be taken on May 12 and 13, 2015 in the Courtroom. Read more >>

 

Champagne Toast May 15

Join us for a Champagne Toast on May 15, 2015 - for graduating JD, LL.M., Master, and Diploma students, their families, UNH Law faculty and staff.
Please RSVP by May 8, 2015 >>


 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

• Order of Exercises
• Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

 

COMMENCEMENT
PREPARATIONS


• Invitations & Guest Tickets
• Graduation Announcements
• Commencement Ceremony Regalia
• Financial Aid Information, Exit Interview/Debt Counseling
• Accommodations
• Graduation Portraits

 

GRADUATION DAY GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

• In Case of Rain
• Seating
• Parking
• Photography
• Diplomas

 

SERVICES FOR GRADUATES

• UNH Law Alumni Network
• Career Services
• E-mail Access
• Free Library Access

• Registrar's Information
• Bar Applications
• Transcripts
• Notary


 

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

 

Order of Exercises

 

The commencement ceremony typically lasts around two hours.

  • Processional
  • National Anthem
     
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Advice from the faculty
  • Student speakers
  • Awarding of honorary degrees
  • Commencement address
  • Awarding of degrees
  • Closing remarks
     
  • Recessional
  • Reception

 

Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

 

(information will be forthcoming)

 

COMMENCEMENT PREPARATIONS

 

 

 

Invitations & Guest Tickets

 

Every student attending commencement will receive eight formal invitations. If you are on a full–time spring externship, invitations will be mailed to you, if requested.

Each graduate is allotted eight tickets for reserved seats under the commencement tent.  Additional seating will be available outside the tent.

Graduates may bring as many guests as they would like to the ceremony but only those guests with tickets who arrive before 2:30 p.m. will be guaranteed a seat.  After 2:30 p.m., all seats are on a first come, first served basis.

 

Graduation Announcements

 

Each student may purchase personalized announcements for relatives and friends who cannot attend the commencement ceremony.

We are currently working with local printers and will get back to you with information on ordering Announcements.

 

Commencement Ceremony Regalia

 

All JD students may pick up their tams and gowns from Career Services the week of May 4th.

All Masters and LL.M. students may pick up their tams and gowns from Christine Rousseau’s office (house on Blanchard Street) the week of May 4th.

The tams, gowns and hoods are rented by UNH School of Law and must be returned immediately following the commencement ceremony. A representative from the rental company will be at the entrance to White Park to collect them. You may keep the tassel but must return the gown, hood and tam. If your tam, hood and gown are not returned, you will be charged the purchase price.

If you would like to purchase a tam, gown and/or hood, please email Aaron Fox at University Cap and Gown: aaron@universitycapandgown.com. Purchase pricing for this year will be updated shortly.  Last year the prices were:

  • JD & LL.M. Gown - $89 USD
  • JD & LL.M. Hood - $79 USD
  • Master Gown - $69 USD;
  • Master Hood - $69 USD;
  • Academic Tam - $25 USD

 

Financial Aid Information – Exit Interview/Debt Counseling

 

Students must complete their Federal Student Loan exit counseling(s) by Friday, May 8, 2015 at: http://www.unh.edu/business-services/loanrqmts.html.    Students who do not complete the required exit counseling by this date will not receive their diploma during the Commencement Ceremony. Questions?  Please see or contact Lynn Froleiks in the Financial Aid Office.

 

Accommodations

 

Several area hotels offer rooms at a discounted rate for guests who mention UNH Law when they make their reservations.  Please go to law.unh.edu/about/visit-us/where-to-stay to see the list.  Also see how to get here at law.unh.edu/about/visit-us.

 

Graduation Portraits

 

Our graduation photographer, Louise Supple, is offering to take a graduation portrait of you in your cap and gown (head and shoulder shots) on May 12 and 13. There is no cost for taking the photograph, your only expense is when you buy the photograph - which you can view online before purchasing.  When you get your photo taken you will receive a printout with all the information.

There is no need to sign up, just show up with your cap and gown in UNH Law's Courtroom.  Read more here >>

 

GRADUATION DAY GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

The Plan

 

Plan to arrive at UNH School of Law no later than 1:30 p.m. in your tam and gown.

Promptly at 1:30 p.m., a professional photographer will take group photos of the classes on the front steps of UNH School of Law (the columned entrance). In case of rain, the photo will be taken in the Rich Room. Please be punctual so that the process runs smoothly.

Classes will be photographed in the following order:

  • JD
  • JD/LL.M. Intellectual Property
  • JD/LL.M. Commerce & Technology
  • LL.M. Commerce and Technology
  • LL.M. Intellectual Property
  • MIP
  • MCT
  • LL.M. ICLJ
  • MICLJ

Immediately following the group photos, go to the Rich room to line up for the procession to White Park. Faculty marshals will be there to direct and assist you. The processional will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m.

 

In Case of Rain

 

Don't let your tam and gown get wet! The fabric dye may bleed when wet and could damage your clothing. If it is raining, bring your tam and gown in the plastic bag provided.

 

Seating

 

Seating under the tent will be by ticket only until 2:30 p.m. Ushers will collect tickets and give instructions as to available seating. Guests without tickets will not be allowed under the tent until after 2:30 p.m. Thereafter, seats will be available as space allows. "Saving" seats for others is not permitted.

Please let Christine Rousseau know if you have a guest who uses a wheelchair or needs special seating arrangements.

Unfortunately strollers are not allowed under the tent, per direction of the Concord Fire Marshal. There is plenty of room to leave them outside of the tent. Please plan accordingly.

 

Parking

 

To map of the campus

We have arranged with the Concord Police Department for an "easement of parking restrictions" around UNH School of Law on May 16th. They have agreed to allow parking between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on both sides of Washington Street between Rumford and Centre Streets, and both sides of White Street between Beacon and Washington Streets.

UNH Law rents White Park for the day so you and your guests are free to park in the White Park lot.

Handicapped parking spaces are available in front of the Rines Building and behind the F. Dane Buck, Jr. Building.  In addition, there will be designated handicapped spots along the fence by the White Park entrance at the corner of White and Washington Streets.

Lots 1 and 2 are also available for parking.

 

Photography

 

Professional photographers will be documenting your commencement ceremony. They will be taking photos of the class, of graduates receiving diplomas, and of you and your family (if desired), as well as numerous candids.

This service enables all students to have a photograph of their graduation. We ask that your families remain in their seats until your name is announced. There will be designated locations in the front of the tent for family members to take photos during the ceremony.

 

Diplomas

 

JD Degree Candidates

You will receive your Juris Doctor diploma during the ceremony provided that you have completed your Financial Aid exit counseling and cleared your account with the Business Office. If you are not planning to attend the commencement exercises you must make arrangements with the Registrar's Office to receive your JD diploma by mail.

LL.M. and MIP Degree Candidates

LL.M. and MIP students will receive a symbolic diploma at the time of graduation. Students who have completed their degree requirements will have their diploma mailed to them shortly after graduation. Students who have not completed their degree requirements will receive their diploma upon completion of their program in early August.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address on record. Please be certain that your address is up to date and accurate with both the Registrar's Office. Second mailings are at the students' expense.

Joint Degree Candidates

Joint degree candidates who have completed all degree requirements by graduation day will be asked to stand twice (once for each degree) but will only walk up once (for the JD degree) during the ceremony. You will receive both diplomas at the commencement ceremony.

 

SERVICES FOR GRADUATES

 

UNH Law Alumni Network

 

Stay in touch and join the UNH Law Alumni Network. Go to www.alumni.law.unh.edu and click on the "Register/Sign In" blue box. Create a new account and you are ready to join the UNH Law Alumni Network.

 

Career Services

 

As a graduate you are entitled to use the resources of the Career Services Office, such as individual career development counseling, resume and cover letter review and access to our job postings on the Career Services web page.

We can also request reciprocity for you from another law school, which if granted, will enable you to use select resources in their Career Services Office. Keep us informed of your status and current contact information. If we learn of opportunities that we think would interest you, we will contact you.

 

E-mail Access

 

Your UNH School of Law e-mail account is a permanent cloud account. It is yours for life.

 

Free Library Access

 

Following graduation, alumni may enjoy a free year of library membership for the period extending from their graduation date until June 30th of the following year, after giving the membership coordinator a permanent address and phone number.

Benefits of membership include checking out circulating materials, and on-site access to many online resources. At the end of the first membership year, a renewal notice will be sent. At that time, alumni can elect to continue their membership for a fee.

Membership rates are scaled for the first five (5) years of practice. After five years, alumni are charged the sole practitioner fee and may purchase individual memberships, even if they work in a firm of two or more attorneys. An alumni membership may not be used by anyone other than the alumnus.

Access to the collection is always available to alumni, regardless of membership status, however, services are reserved for fee-paying members.

 

Registrar's Information for Graduates

 

Final grades are a priority for graduating students the week prior to graduation.  The Registrar’s Office is in constant contact with faculty concerning graduating students’ grades.  You will be notified immediately if an issue surrounding your graduation arises.

Students must complete their Federal Student Loan exit counseling(s) by Friday, May 8, 2015 at: http://www.unh.edu/business-services/loanrqmts.html.    Students who do not complete the required exit counseling by this date will not receive their diploma during the Commencement Ceremony. Questions?  Please see or contact Lynn Froleiks in the Financial Aid Office.

Bar Applications

We encourage you to complete your bar applications early. Forms certifying your graduation are completed by Lyla Mulkhey.  Please drop off your bar application forms in the Registrar’s Office, leaving sufficient time for early completion.

For those of you taking the New Hampshire Bar, do not be concerned about the requirement asking you to submit two certified copies of your diploma. We have an agreement with the New Hampshire Supreme Court which allows us to submit two copies of our graduation list to them the week following commencement. This takes care of the aforementioned requirement.

Please let the Registrar's Office know if your bar application requires a copy of your transcript. There is no charge for the transcript that goes to the bar.

Transcripts

A final law school transcript and class rank letter will be sent to your “Current Mailing” address located in Webcat, you are responsible for maintaining an up to date, accurate mailing address. Please be sure to update your address prior to graduation and after if anything changes.

The transcript is official and free, the rank letter is supplied to you for your use and is not reproduced.  Please save the original for your records. You should expect to receive the transcript and rank letter within one month after graduation.  If you require additional transcripts, you may request them at: law.unh.edu/registrar/transcript-information.  Please allow five to eight business days for the processing.

Notary

If you need any documents notarized, please see any of the following people at UNH School of Law: Lynn Blanchard, Jon R. Cavicchi, Kathy Fletcher, Linda Lee Lugg. 

Contact Us

If you have questions pertaining to the Commencement Ceremony please contact:

 

Canning, Fran

 

Rousseau, Christine

 

Fran Canning
Assistant Dean for Students
(603) 513-5171
fran.canning@law.unh.edu

 

Christine Rousseau
International Student Advisor
Housing Coordinator
(603) 513-5197
christine.rousseau@law.unh.edu