UNH Law's 42nd Commencement Ceremony
Learn more about our 42nd ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2017
2:30 p.m., White Park
Concord, New Hampshire
Welcome to our Commencement Information Center. We hope you will find all the information you need about our Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement Preparations and Ceremony
Order of Exercises
The commencement ceremony typically lasts no longer than two hours. The schedule is below:
Welcome and introduction
Advice from the faculty
Awarding of honorary degrees
Awarding of degrees
Reception – light refreshments in the tent along White Street
Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients
Our 2017 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Sen. Maggie Hassan, the second woman in American history to be elected as both governor and senator. You can read a complete announcement here.
Admission to Commencement Ceremony
Every graduate may invite as many guests as they like to attend the ceremony. There is ample seating under the commencement tent. As a courtesy, please notify Fran Canning if you’re planning to invite more than ten guests. We want to be certain there is a seat for everyone who wants one.
Each graduate may purchase personalized graduation announcements. If you would like to order announcements, Balfour CB Graduation Announcements offers a variety of packages. If interested, please visit Balfour CB Graduation Announcements.
Commencement Ceremony Regalia
J.D. Students - pick up your tams and gowns from Career Services the week of May 8th.
Masters and LL.M. students - pick up your tams and gowns from Christine Rousseau’s office on the 3rd floor of the main building the week of May 8th.
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 Duane Fox at University Cap and Gown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase pricing is as follows:
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 5, 2017 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.
Several area hotels offer rooms at a discounted rate for guests who mention UNH Law when they make their reservations. Please go to http://law.unh.edu/admissions/visit-campus/where-stay to see the list. If you need directions, please go to http://law.unh.edu/admissions/visit-campus
Individual Graduation Portraits-An Option
Our graduation photographer is offering to take a graduation portrait of you in your cap and gown (head and shoulder shots) in the IP Center lobby on Wednesday, May 17 from noon to 4 p.m. 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 the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property lobby on the Wednesday, May 17.
Graduation Day General Instructions
Arrival - Plan to arrive at UNH School of Law no later than 1:30 p.m. in your tam and gown.
Class photos - 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:
Line up for Processional - 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.
Guests may enter the commencement tent to find the perfect seats at any time after 12:00. Ushers will be available at each entrance to assist you.
ADA Accommodations - 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.
We have arranged with the Concord Police Department for an "easement of parking restrictions" around UNH School of Law on May 20th. 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 Buck 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.
A professional photographer will be documenting the commencement ceremony. He/she will be taking photos of the class, of graduates receiving diplomas, and of you and your family (if desired), as well as numerous candid photos.
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 all your financial and academic obligations. If you are not planning to attend the commencement exercises, please make arrangements with the Registrar's Office to pick up your JD diploma or have it sent to you by mail.
LL.M. and Master Degree Candidates
LL.M. and Master 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 September.
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.
JD/LLM Degree Candidates
JD/LLM 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
UNH Law has a new Alumni Network Community which can be accessed at www.unhconnect.unh.edu Stay in touch and join the UNH Law Alumni Network.
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.
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.
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 state bar.
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.
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: http://law.unh.edu/experience/student-life/registrar/transcripts
Please allow five to eight business days for the processing.
If you need any documents notarized, please see any of the following people at UNH School of Law: Lynn Blanchard, Jon Cavicchi, Kathy Fletcher, Linda Lee Lugg.
If you have questions pertaining to the Commencement Ceremony please contact: