UNH Law's 45th Commencement Ceremony
Rescheduled to October 3rd, 2020 at 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.
Tuesday, May 12: Awards Luncheon (invitation only)
Thursday, May 14: Champagne toast, 5:00 p.m., Jury Box
Students are invited to bring one guest to attend the Champagne Toast with them.
Saturday, May 16: Commencement Ceremony and reception
The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. and typically lasts around two hours.
The schedule is below:
Welcome and introduction
Advice from the faculty
Awarding of honorary degrees
Awarding of degrees
After the commencement ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception where cake and punch will be served.
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 Lauren Berger (Lauren.Berger@law.unh.edu) if you’re planning to invite more than ten guests. We want to be certain there is ample seating for all attendees.
Commencement Ceremony Regalia
J.D., Masters and L.L.M. Students - pick up your tams and gowns from Career Services (dates to be announced via email)
The tams, gowns and hoods are rented by UNH Franklin Pierce 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.
Financial Aid Information – Exit Interview/Debt Counseling
Students must complete their Federal Student Loan exit counseling(s) by Friday, May 8, 2020 at: www.studentloans.gov
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 Sharon Eaton in the Financial Aid Office.
Several area hotels offer rooms at a discounted rate for guests who mention UNH Franklin Pierce Law when they make their reservations. Please go to https://law.unh.edu/admissions/visit-campus to see the list.
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) on campus on Thursday, May 14 (immediately prior to the Champagne Toast). 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 on the scheduled day. More information will be available via email in the spring semester.
Plan to arrive at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law no later than 1:15 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 Franklin Pierce 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.
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 1:00 p.m. Ushers will be available at each entrance to assist you.
Guests with Disabilities
The main entrance of the law school is not equipped with a ramp so guests with disabilities that may impact their ability to utilize stairs are encouraged to access the law school through the Warren B. Rudman Center entrance and through the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property entrance. A map noting these entrances can be found here.
Guests with Seating Accommodations
Please let Lauren Berger (Lauren.Berger@law.unh.edu) 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 will be available at White Park for the day. Additionally, students and guests are welcome to park in the two UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law parking lots on Washington St. and Rumford St. Please see the map for detailed information.
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.
A professional photographer will be documenting the commencement ceremony. They will be taking photos of the class, of graduates receiving diplomas, as well as numerous candid photos. These will be made available to you via email during the summer.
JD, LL.M., and Master Degree Candidates
You will receive your diploma during the ceremony provided you have completed your Financial Aid exit counseling and cleared any financial and/or academic obligations. If you are not planning to attend the commencement exercises, you must complete the Financial Aid exit counseling (see Sharon Eaton with questions) and make arrangements with the Registrar's Office to pick up your diploma or have it sent to you by certified mail, which requires a signature upon delivery.
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 only walk up only once (for the JD degree) during the ceremony. You will receive both diplomas at the commencement ceremony.
Diplomas not picked up during the Commencement Ceremony will be mailed to you shortly after graduation. Please provide the Registrar’s Office with a mailing address where someone will be available to sign for the package. Any second mailings are at the students' expense.
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Alumni Network
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has a new Alumni Network Community which can be accessed at www.unhconnect.unh.edu Stay in touch and join the UNH Franklin Pierce 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 Franklin Pierce 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.
We encourage you to complete your bar applications early. Please drop off bar application forms in the Registrar’s Office, leaving sufficient time for early completion.
You may drop forms with the Registrar’s Office prior to graduation or you may email the forms to: Lyla.Mulkhey@law.unh.edu.
If you are taking the New Hampshire Bar, do not be concerned about the requirement asking you to submit two certified copies of your diploma. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has an agreement with the New Hampshire Supreme Court which allows us to submit a copy of our graduation list to them directly, shortly following commencement. This takes care of the requirement if you have been conferred the degree.
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law only processes transcripts for a bar application.
UNH Durham is the key contact for future transcripts. For either request, you may use the link below: https://law.unh.edu/academics/registrar
Please allow five to eight business days for the processing.
Class rank letters will be mailed to you. Rank letters will be mailed to your “Current Mailing” address from Webcat. It is your responsibility for maintaining an up-to-date, accurate mailing address. If you are moving after graduation and know the address, please update your address prior to graduation or as soon as applicable.
A rank letter is supplied to you for your use, as a policy, the law school does not rank, officially. Please save the original letter for your records.
If you need any documents notarized, please see any of the following people at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law: Lynn Blanchard, Jon Cavicchi, and Kathy Fletcher.
If you have questions pertaining to the Commencement Ceremony please contact:
Lauren Berger Assistant Dean for Students (603) 513-5171 email@example.com