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The Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony
was Saturday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m.

Great news! Commencement will once again be held OUTDOORS!

In 48 hours, graduates, families, friends, faculty, and the NEC community can look forward to enjoying a lovely commencement ceremony on the Simon Green. It will be on the cool side, low-to-mid-50s, and there is a 10-20% chance of light rain, so we recommend you dress accordingly and bring a small umbrella, just in case. Thank you Mother Nature!

Congratulations graduates! New England College’s commencement ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 AM and lasts approximately two hours. All graduates in attendance walk on-stage and are acknowledged by name. The College looks forward to making your commencement a truly memorable event!

Schedule of Events Accommodations

Guest Speaker | Honorary Degree Recipient

Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz to lead NEC Commencement – One of the most revolutionary players shaping philanthropy today, Ms. Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit global venture fund, and a winner of the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Read more.

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

New England College is pleased to offer live online streaming of the 2017 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 “2017 Commencement” event. The live stream will be available 15 minutes prior to the start of Commencement.

To begin your live online stream click here:

Regalia | NEC Bookstore | 603.428.2220

Regalia includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel.

Associate’s = $60
Bachelor’s = $60
Master’s = $68
CAGS = $70

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 13, 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.

Regalia | EdD Doctoral Gowns

EdD students purchase their doctoral gowns directly from University Cap and Gown, at, and not through the NEC Bookstore. These are hand sewn, so please do not wait until the last minute to order your regalia. Additionally, it also takes a few weeks to ship. Please contact UCG directly at for delivery estimates and other questions.

Graduating Student Name Pronunciation

As a graduating student, one of the most memorable moments is being recognized by the College, your classmates, and your family and friends as your name is read aloud and you walk across the stage. If you believe the name reader may have difficulty with your name’s pronunciation, please provide how-to-say-it instructions with this online Name Pronunciation Form. (no longer available)


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 and 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.


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.


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 2 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 and email.

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 11
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12
12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Eligibility to Graduate

You must fill out and submit your Intent to Graduate form at the registrar’s office. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility to graduate please contact the Registrar’s Office at, or Student Financial Services at

A Student Financial Services Reminder to Students

  • Please clear any account holds.  Outstanding balances must be paid in full.
  • Federal loan borrowers:
    1. You must complete mandatory loan exit counseling at
    2. It is also advisable for you to attend an on-campus exit counseling session so we may provide you important information about your loans and repayment. Please RSVP to for one of these sessions: March 29, April 5, or April 26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Science Building, room 113B.

Contact us

Other Commencement questions can be directed to or 603.428.2417.