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The Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 14 | 11:00 a.m.

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(updated 5/12/16 and subject to change)
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Less than 48 hours from New England College’s Commencement and we have good news… The ceremony will be OUTDOORS! Graduates, families, faculty, and staff – we look forward to enjoying a lovely day together on the Simon Green.

Guest Speakers

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at this years Commencement ceremony and Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate will be honored. Read more here.

Can’t be there? Watch Commencement live: Online streaming available

New England College is pleased to offer live online streaming of the 2016 Commencement Ceremony. No special equipment, software, or downloads are needed. All you need is internet access. Simply click on the link below and click on the “2016 Commencement” event. The live stream will be available 15 minutes prior to the start of Commencement.

Click here to begin your live online stream:

Regalia | NEC Bookstore | 603.428.2220

commencement-happy-studentsRegalia includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel.

Associate’s = $58
Bachelor’s = $58
Master’s = $66
CAGS = $68
EdD = contact Gavin Henning,

Come in, or call, to order your cap and gown. (only phone or in-person orders accepted) Pre-pay with vouchers or credit card. Shipping is available.

Saturday, May 14, the NEC Bookstore will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Diploma frames

Beautiful frames for diplomas are offered through the NEC Bookstore. Choose one at the Bookstore or order online for shipment to your home.

Non-framed diplomas will be mailed following commencement.

Welcome Alumni!

Enjoy a 10% discount at the NEC Bookstore on clothing and gifts.

Commencement Announcements and Memorabilia

Please go to NEC’s Jostens online store to order plain or customized graduation announcements, class or deluxe rings, or collegiate tags.


Henniker’s own HollyHock Flowers will be selling a variety of floral items near the Commencement site.  Pre-orders are welcome, call 603.529.6447.

Safety & Sight lines

To ensure guests can see and hear event activities and be assured of our campus’ safety, we will have bag checks at event entry points.  The following items are not permitted: signs, banners, beach balls, horns, balloons, or noise makers.


Members of Campus Safety will be available to direct you to the nearest parking facilities once you arrive at the event. Should you or a guest require handicapped parking, please contact so we can make the necessary arrangements.


Directions and a list of area motels, hotels, and inns can be found here.

Photography and Video

The College has engaged a professional photographer who will take photographs of all graduates as they receive their diplomas. Photographs will be available for purchase through the photographer’s Website, at

Those wishing to take their own photographs may do so from their seats or from the designated photography area to the left of the stage. Please make your visit to this area brief so that others may enjoy the same opportunity.

Live video streaming of the Commencement will be available for those family and friends who will not be able to attend.

DVDs of the Commencement Ceremony will also be available for order. A DVD is great for memorializing your special day or sharing it with those who cannot attend. Order DVDs at Commencement.


Commencement is traditionally held outdoors on NEC’s beautiful Simon Green. There’s plenty of space and no tickets are necessary. Seating is first come, first served, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Rain/inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in the Lee Clement Arena. Seating capacity is limited and tickets are required. Each graduate is estimated to receive 4 guest tickets for the Arena location. Additional seating will be available at the nearby Field House for live video streaming.

The decision on the Commencement location will be made 48 hours prior to the event and communicated through the College’s Website.

Rain ticket pick-up process

Rain tickets will be available for pick-up at the Simon Center during the following hours. For security purposes, tickets will only be released to the graduating student.

  • Thursday, May 12
    1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13
    12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14
    8:00-10:00 a.m.

Eligibility to Graduate

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility to graduate please contact the Registrar’s Office at, or Student Financial Services at

Contact us

Other Commencement questions can be directed to or 603.428.2296.

Please check back for more information as it becomes available.