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The Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Henniker, NH

Share Your Moments #NEC2020

We invite family, friends and graduates to celebrate the successes of the Class of 2020 by sharing the highlights of the day by attaching #NEC2020 when posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Barbecue Lunch
11:30 a.m. | Simon Center patio
All graduating students are invited to lunch immediately prior to rehearsal.

Graduation Rehearsal
12:15 p.m. | Immediately following the BBQ | on the Simon Center lawn at the graduation tent

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

Commencement Eve Social and Champagne Toast (RSVP using the form above)
5:00-7:00 p.m. | Simon Center Great Room (complimentary)
The President’s Toast will occur between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Breakfast Buffet (RSVP using the form above)
6:30-9:00 a.m. | Gilmore Dining Hall
Class of 2020 graduates are complimentary, payment may be made at the door for family/guests of $6 per person.

EdD Reception
9:00-9:45 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)
6:30-9:00 a.m. | Gilmore Dining Hall (look for the Veterans/Military Reception table sign)
Veterans are complimentary, payment may be made at the door for family/guests of $6 per person.

Graduates Assemble for Procession – a formal event* (if you are a graduating student – RSVP using the form above)
9:00 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 9:00 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony
10:00 a.m. | Simon Green
Rain site: Lee Clement Arena
Join the celebration of New England College’s 73rd Commencement. Graduates, parents, students, families, friends, alumni, staff and faculty are all welcome. Commencement typically lasts two hours.

Commencement Reception
The Class of 2020, their families, and guests are invited to a reception in the Simon Center Great Room immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.