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Commencement

(web updated 11/8/17)

The Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

Congratulations graduates! New England College’s Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. 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


SPECIAL NOTE TO GRADUATES
On Commencement Day, any student arriving after the platform party has been seated will NOT be allowed to march, or sit with the graduating students, therefore it is imperative that any student wishing to participate arrives at the covered bridge (#29 on campus map) by 10:00 a.m.


Guest Speaker | Honorary Degree Recipient

Guest speaker and honorary degree recipient information will be forthcoming.

Can’t be there? Watch Commencement live: Online Streaming Is Available

New England College is pleased to offer live online streaming of the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. No special equipment, software, or downloads are needed. All you need is internet access. The live stream will be available 15 minutes prior to the start of Commencement by clicking here: http://athletics.nec.edu/watch

Regalia | NEC Bookstore | 603.428.2220

Regalia includes cap, gown, hood, and tassels. Regalia should be available the first week in April. (look for the manikin in the Bookstore window) More information will be forthcoming.

Saturday, May 12, the NEC Bookstore will be open. Please check back for times.

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 https://buildagrad.com/neceddc, 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 buildagrad@universitycapandgown.com 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. Please provide how-to-say-it instructions with this online Name Pronunciation Form.

Flowers

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.

Parking

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 commencement@nec.edu so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Accommodations

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

Photography

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 www.ArtSwensonPhotography.com.

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.

Seating

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 (tickets required)

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 Tickets

A rain ticket pick-up process will be forthcoming.

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 registrarsoffice@nec.edu, or Student Financial Services at SFS@nec.edu.

A Student Financial Services Reminder to Students

Please clear any account holds. Outstanding balances must be paid in full.

Federal loan borrowers:

  • You must complete mandatory loan exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
  • 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 SFS@nec.edu for one of these sessions: DATES FORTHCOMING

Contact Us

Other Commencement questions can be directed to 603.428.2225 or commencement@nec.edu.