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The Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Share Your Moments #NEC2019

We invite family, friends and graduates to celebrate the successes of the Class of 2019 by sharing the highlights of the day by attaching #NEC2019 when posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The RSVP form is no longer available.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Barbecue Lunch
11:30 a.m. | in the Lee Clement Arena
All graduating students are invited to lunch immediately prior to rehearsal.

Graduation Rehearsal
12:15 p.m. | Immediately following the BBQ | in the Lee Clement Arena (estimated to last 1.5 hours)

  • Undergraduate on-campus seniors are required to attend.
  • Graduate students, and online students, are strongly encouraged to join but are not required to attend.

NEC Bookstore Hours
8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. | Simon Center

Annual Student Art Show Exhibition
11:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. | Chester Art Gallery 3:00 p.m. Reception to meet the artists
Graduates, families, and guests welcome! Learn more.

Commencement Eve Social and Champagne Toast (RSVP using the form above)
5:00-8:00 p.m. | Simon Center Great Room (complimentary)
The President’s toast will occur between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Breakfast Buffet (RSVP using the form above)
7:30-10:00 a.m. | Gilmore Dining Hall
Payment may be made at the door, $6 per person.

EdD Reception
9:00-10:00 a.m. | Center for Education Innovation (CEI)
EdD students and faculty enjoy a private event to robe, exchange congratulations, and have breakfast. Contact Gavin Henning if you plan to attend at

Veterans/Military Reception and Breakfast (RSVP using the form above)
9:00 a.m. start time | John Lyons Center, room 103
Students who are veterans and in active service, and their family members and guests, are welcome.

Online Student Breakfast (RSVP using the form above)
9:00-10:00 a.m. | John Lyons Center, Learning Commons and Café

NEC Bookstore Hours (no regalia sold after 10:00 a.m.)
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Simon Center

Graduates Assemble for Procession – a formal event* (if you are a graduating student – RSVP using the form above)
10:00 a.m. | Covered Bridge
All graduates are welcomed and escorted to their place in line.

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.

Commencement Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | Simon Green
Rain site: Lee Clement Arena
Join the celebration of New England College’s 72 Commencement. Graduates, parents, students, families, friends, alumni, staff and faculty are all welcome. Commencement typically lasts two hours.

Commencement Reception
The Class of 2019, their families, and guests are invited to a reception in the Simon Center Great Room immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.