Commencement Information

2020 Commencement Exercises

Commencement Ceremony: May 16, 2020

Congratulations to all Franklin Pierce University Class of 2020 graduates! When you receive your diploma, you will proudly join more than 20,000 Franklin Pierce alumni across the United States and the World

Thank you to all who were able to join us on the Rindge Campus and through our Live Webcast for the 2019 Ceremony!

See a time-lapse of the event to the right!


More information regarding Directions, Frequently Asked Questions, and Lodging & Dining

Commencement Timeline:

Thursday, April 23, 2020

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Commencement Reception, Rindge Students, Spagnuolo Hall. Kick off the Commencement celebration with food & friends. Grab your cap, gown, and Honor Cords. Pick up your gift from the Alumni Association. Visit each table for your chance to win Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets!.

All students should order their cap and gown by 3/31/20. See more details about your cap & gown.

Friday, May 8, 2020

3:15 p.m.  Rindge Students line up in front of the Fieldhouse with cap and gown
3:30 p.m.  Honors Convocation for Rindge Students, Fieldhouse - Graduating Students Must Arrive in Cap & Gown

Thursday, May 14, 2020

4:30 p.m.  6:30 p.m. Class of 2019 Senior Send-Off Festival & Cookout in Senior Village for Rindge Students
5:00 p.m.  CGPS Honors & Awards Ceremony, Manchester Center, Manchester, NH
6:00 p.m. –7:30 p.m.- CGPS Graduation Reception will be in the Manchester Center, Manchester, NH.
6:30 p.m. – The Last Lab: Fun Run. Pick-up at the Lakeview Shuttle Stop for Rindge Students
8:00 p.m.  Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 15, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Senior Brunch, Sodexo Dining Services
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Rehearsal for Rindge Students, DiGregorio Parking Lot
(Commencement Venue)
1:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony for CGPS DPT Students, Fieldhouse
1:00 p.m 3:30 p.m. – Green Move Out for Rindge Students
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate for Rindge Students, Fieldhouse 
*Students should line up outside the Fieldhouse at 3:45 p.m. with their cap and gown.*
5:30 p.m.  Honorary Degree Recipient Dinner (Pearly House)
9:00 p.m.  11:45 p.m.  Senior Fire for Rindge Students

Saturday, May 16, 2020

8:30 a.m.  Students arriving from off campus line up at Marcucella Hall
9:00 a.m.  Students on the Rindge campus line up at Marcucella Hall
10:30 a.m.  Commencement Ceremony - Graduating Students Must Arrive in Cap & Gown
12:30 p.m.  Family Reception (Library Courtyard)

Honorary Degree Recipients and Peterson Award Winner for 2019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Resources and answers about Commencement.
Academic Requirements

Students are required to follow the Commencement Participation Policy and submit a Notice of Candidacy form.
- Notice of Candidacy Form


Plan your trip to the Rindge Campus.

Traffic for Commencement

Traffic flow for commencement is one-way through campus.

Lodging & Dining

The following list of accommodations and restaurants have been prepared as an informational guide for Franklin Pierce University visitors.

Contact Us

Contact the Commencement Committee or visit our most frequently asked questions (FAQ)

2019 CommencementClass of 2019 Ceremony Gallery

Take a look at the 2019 Commencement photos.

GradImages OrderingProfessional Student Portraits

Photos taken right after walking off the stage with diploma. Order photos of your graduate from our partner, Grad Images.