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How do I check my commencement status?
If you have questions about where you stand regarding commencement (i.e., number of credits, required course work, etc.) contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mail at
CGPS Students should contact their advisor for information.
How do I Petition to Graduate?
Request to Graduate (RTG) or Notice of Candidacy (NoC) forms for graduates are reviewed on an on-going basis and you will be notified of your status by e-mail from the registrar’s office. If you plan on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony, the deadline for submitting your RTG/NoC is October 1st for Rindge students and March 1st for CGPS students.
For graduates of the College at Rindge – students who have submitted their RTG/NoC form by October 1st will order academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) online. Instructions for ordering will be included in the email sent to you by the registrar’s office. The cost of your regalia is included in the graduation fee. Regalia will be picked up in Spagnuolo Hall, located in the Campus Center, at the Commencement Fair on April 25, 2017 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. College at Rindge graduates who cannot be on campus on that day should contact the Registrar’s Office at: for further information.
For graduates of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) – students who have submitted their RTG/NoC form by March 1st will order academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) online. Instructions for ordering will be included in the email sent to you by the registrar’s office. The cost of your regalia is included in the graduation fee. Your cap and gown will be mailed directly to your home address. CGPS graduates should contact the Registrar’s Office at: for further information.
When will I be recognized for divisional honors and high honors?
Divisional honors and high honors certificates and other awards for the College of Rindge graduates will be distributed at the Awards Convocation on May 5. Outstanding students from the College of Graduate & Professional Studies will be recognized during the CGPS Graduation reception.
How do I get my gold honors and honors society cords?
Gold honors cords (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude - see the Franklin Pierce University catalog for Latin honors requirements at http://www.franklinpierce.edu/academics/ugrad/catalog.htm) for Rindge students will be picked up at the Commencement Fair on April 25th and CGPS graduates can pick them up at Commencement. Honors society cords are distributed at the initiation ceremonies of the respective societies.
What is the date, time and location of the Hooding Ceremony for CGPS doctoral students?
The CGPS Hooding Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse on the main campus in Rindge, N.H. Graduates should contact their Center Directors for further information.
What is the date, time and location of the Baccalaureate service?
The Baccalaureate service for undergraduate students is a time of remembering, honoring, and sending forth the graduating class with blessings. The student speakers and a staff or faculty member are selected by students with the assistance of their advisors. The service will be held on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse on the main campus in Rindge, N.H. Students and families are invited to attend and tickets are not needed for this event. Students should line up in front of the Fieldhouse dressed in their regalia at 3:40 p.m.
What is the date, time and location of the 2017 Commencement Ceremony?
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. on the Rindge, N.H. campus. Since the ceremony will be held outside, we recommend that you bring an umbrella, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray depending on the weather.
Are tickets required?
No tickets are required. We ask that graduates respect their fellow classmates and Franklin Pierce community by limiting the number of guests and family to six attendees as seating is limited. If your party is larger than six and you require additional seating, please contact Nancy Williams at
Who should I speak to if my name is unusual or difficult to pronounce?
If your name is unusual or difficult to pronounce, please let us know exactly how to say it. Graduates may call 603-899-4162 and leave a message to clearly pronounce your name, spell your name and state your college (Rindge or CGPS). Graduates may contact Jim Earle at
Are animals allowed on campus?
No animals are permitted on campus except for guide/companion animals.
The Day of Commencement
Where do I park?
Campus traffic is unusually heavy on the morning of commencement, so plan to arrive very early. Uniformed officers will direct you to parking at various venues around the campus. Parking is limited and we request that you carpool if possible.
What special services are provided for guests with accessibility needs?
There is limited space for wheelchairs and special parking for people who have difficulty walking. If you have a guest who needs special accommodations or on-campus housing (limited), please e-mail Handicapped seating is available, emergency medical help is available and restroom facilities (porta-potties) are located near the commencement site. The Commencement will also be available via a live webcast for those who are unable to be on campus.
Where should graduating students go and when should they arrive on campus?
At 9 a.m., graduates should line up alphabetically, by degree, in Marcucella Hall. Staff will be there to help you find your place. Please don’t be late, and remember to wear your cap (tassel on the right, until after you receive your degree), gown and hood. During the lineup, you will be given a card with your name on it, your degree and Latin honors (if appropriate).
What is the order and length of the ceremony?
At 10:30 a.m., the procession will begin. The ceremony will include the conferring of honorary degrees, followed by the conferring of graduate and undergraduate degrees. The ceremony usually lasts approximately two hours.
After the ceremony
The Franklin Pierce University Alumni Association is pleased to welcome and congratulate the graduates. Be sure to stop by the Alumni Association tent on commencement day. You will be able to purchase flowers, order diploma frames and receive information about videos of the ceremony, graduation photos, class jewelry, etc. If you have questions about Alumni Association activities or opportunities, please e-mail
Will there be a reception after the commencement ceremony?
Yes. Beverages and sweets will be served following the commencement ceremony. Follow the procession to the courtyard between the Library and Peterson Hall.
May I honor a graduate’s accomplishments with a gift?
Yes. Please consider a gift to the Library Book Fund as a way of honoring graduates’ accomplishments while also giving something special to future students. A tax-deductible donation may be made in any amount. You may suggest materials on a topic of special interest to your graduate or let the librarians choose materials that will enrich the collection. In the case of gifts of $50 or more, the book(s) purchased will be inscribed with the graduate’s name and class year and/or the name of the instructor or supportive friend you would like to honor. Please send your contribution and the desired inscription and a preference for subject matter, if desired, to the attention of Director of Library Services, Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461.
Will professional photos be taken? May I preregister for these pictures?
GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via e-mail within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800.261.2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com. Registering with GradImages provides graduates with the information they need to deliver their graduation proofs to them in a timely manner. Giving GradImages an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.
When will I get my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to your home (if you are financially clear) approximately four weeks after commencement or four weeks after receipt of your final grades. In order to ensure that you receive your diploma in a timely fashion, please make sure that the Registrar's Office has your correct home address. If you have recently moved, you may contact the Registrar's Office at with your new address for correct delivery of your diploma.
If you still have questions that have not been answered here, please contact:
Commencement Planning Committee