Commencement 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding
Commencement 2021

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

Will the 2021 Commencement Ceremony be on the ground or virtual?

The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will occur on the ground, but will be modified throughout to maintain COVID protocol and safety measures. 

Will guests and family be allowed at the 2021 Commencement Ceremony?

We have decided not to allow guests and family to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.  Only the registered graduates from the Class of 2021, from the Class of 2020, and faculty and support staff are permitted to be participate. All will be required to provide a negative COVID PCR test in order to participate. 

Will the 2021 Commencement Ceremony be streamed online? 

All of our commencement ceremonies are streamed on line and will be accessible starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 and will be accessible through our Franklin Pierce University Commencement website. 

How long is the Commencement Ceremony?

The processional begins at 10 a.m. and the ceremony should be over by noon. Following the processional and opening remarks we will confer our honorary degree and award recipients. Pre-recorded remarks will be played for the graduates in attendance. The 2021 Valedictorian will speak followed by the conferring of degrees for the Class of 2021 and recognition for the participants from the Class of 2020. 

What happens after the Commencement Ceremony?

There will be no celebratory reception this year, but members of the Class of 2021 will have a series of Senior Send off activities planned through the afternoon and evening. Move out will occur, by 2 p.m., the following day on Sunday, May 16. No guests, including members of the Class of 2020, are permitted at these activities. 

How do I get my cap and gown?

  • For traditional, on-campus students, academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) needed to be ordered online by April 1, 2021. For those residential students that ordered caps and gowns, we will be setting up a Cap and Gown pick up the end of April in the Student Center. More communication regarding that will be forth coming.
  • For graduate, online, and off-campus students, academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) needed to be ordered online by April 1, 2021 and should have been mailed directly to the student’s home address.
  • For Class of 2020 Graduates participating in Commencement ceremonies, we expect that you will bring your academic regalia with you that was distributed last year.

If you had any difficulty receiving your cap and gowns or have additional question, please reach out to the Dean of Student Affairs, Andrew Pollom,  for further assistance.


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 https://www.franklinpierce.edu/academics/catalog/ ) were included with your regalia for those that received them. Honors society cords or cords given for involvement in clubs and organizations should be given to you by the Honor Society or club. 

How do I access the 2021 Honors Convocation?

The 2021 Honors Convocation will be pre-recorded and then the streaming of the ceremony will occur on Tuesday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. and accessible to view through the Franklin Pierce University Commencement website. More information regarding Honors Convocation will be shared in coming weeks. 

When will I receive more information about the 2021 Commencement Ceremony and Senior Week activites?

Information about the Baccalaureate, Senior Send Off activities, and the 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be coming to participating graduates from the class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, via email, in coming weeks. All communication will be archived and accessible through the Franklin Pierce University Commencement website. Updates will be added to the website regarding that additional information as it is shared. 

What is the date, time and location of the Hooding Ceremony for Doctor of Physical Therapy?

The DPT Hooding ceremony will take place for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at the Manchester, N.H. Center. Final details about date/time and structure will be communicated by the program coordinator in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Altobello at

When will I get my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed to your home (if you are financially cleared) approximately six to eight 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 (603) 899-4068 or   with your new address for correct delivery of your diploma.

If you have additional questions that are not answered here, please email the Dean of Student Affairs, Andrew Pollom,   for further assistance.