Commencement Information

2017 Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to all Franklin Pierce University students planning to graduate! When you receive your diploma, you will proudly join more than 18,000 Franklin Pierce alumni across the United States and the World. 

Commencement Timeline:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11:00 a.m.–2 p.m. Commencement Fair, Rindge students, Spagnuolo Hall
All students should order their cap and gown by 4/7/17.
See more details about your cap & gown

Friday, May 5, 2017
3:00 p.m.- Rindge Students line up in front of the Fieldhouse with cap and gown
3:30 p.m.- Awards Convocation for Rindge students, Fieldhouse
5:00 p.m.- Faculty Reception, Marulli

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
5:00 p.m.- CGPS Honor Inductees, Manchester Center, Manchester, NH
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.- CGPS Graduation Reception will be in the Manchester Center, Manchester, NH.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Senior Send-Off
8:00 p.m. - Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 12, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Senior Brunch, Sodexo Dining Services
12:00 p.m. – Rehearsal for Rindge Students, Spagnuolo Hall

1:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony for CGPS DA/DPT students, Fieldhouse
1:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. – Senior Clean Out for Rindge Students
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate for Rindge students, Fieldhouse
                  Students should line up outside the Fieldhouse at 3:40 p.m. with their cap and gown.
6:00 p.m. – Honorary Degree Recipient Dinner (Marulli/President's Area)
9:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. Senior Fire for Rindge students

Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 a.m.- Students should line up at Marcucella Hall
10:30 a.m.- Commencement Ceremony.
12:30 a.m.- Family Reception (Library Courtyard)

Honorary Degree Recipients and Peterson Award Winner (To be announced)

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

Students are required to follow the Commencement Participation Policy and submit a Request to Graduate form.
Undergraduate Rindge Request to Graduate
- CGPS Request to Graduate


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)

2016CommencementClass of 2016 Ceremony Gallery

Take a look at 2016 Commencement photos.

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