Commencement Information

The Class of 2019 will celebrate the 69th NHTI Commencement on Friday, May 24, 2019. It is important for graduates to be aware of the details of the Commencement ceremony, and of the steps they must take prior to May 24.

NHTI welcomes families and guests to the Commencement ceremony. This occasion celebrates the achievements of someone special to you. Thank you for joining the celebration!

Graduation is held under a tent on the lawn behind Little Hall regardless of weather conditions. Please plan accordingly. Graduation begins promptly at 10 am. It is anticipated that it will end between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

  • Graduation Requirements

For academic and other requirements for graduation please visit the Graduation Page.

  • Degrees & Commencement

NHTI holds one Commencement ceremony in May of each year. Degrees are officially awarded at the end of each semester. Students who complete their degree program requirements during the summer and fall semesters will be invited to participate in the subsequent May commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to each graduate at the end of the summer and fall semesters. May graduates will be able to pick up their diploma immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Any diplomas that are not picked up that day will be mailed within five business days of the ceremony.

  • Financial Obligations

Please stop by the Reception Desk in Sweeney Hall to verify your account balance. If you received Financial Aid you will also be provided your loan exit information. Diplomas will be withheld until your account balance is paid in full. You will be provided with a ticket which will allow you to pick up your cap and gown at the Campus Bookstore.

  • Caps and Gowns

Beginning April 22, 2019 you may pick up your cap and gown in the NHTI Bookstore, after checking the status of your account at the Bursar's Office.

If you think you need a specialty size gown, please go to the NHTI Bookstore to be measured no later than April 10, 2019.

If you have earned Honors or High Honors, a gold tassel will be given to you on graduation morning prior to the start of the processional.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Members

All Phi Theta Kappa regalia can be purchased through the Phi Theta Kappa  website.   Members wishing to wear Phi Theta Kappa regalia are responsible for ordering their own.  Phi Theta Kappa members will be acknowledged in the program.

  • Guest Announcements

Five commencement announcements will be mailed to each graduate. Graduates may invite as many guests to the ceremony as they wish.

  • Guest Parking

Parking is on a first-come first-served basis; therefore, we suggest that guests arrive as early as possible. Handicap parking is available for those in need.

  • Seating

Chairs are available for all members of the graduating class. Additional chairs are available, first-come first-served, for families and guests.

  • Guests with Disabilities

If you have someone attending graduation who is in need of disability accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at (603) 230-4027 to make these arrangements no later than May 10, 2019. Space is set aside for those requiring special accommodations. One person may accompany each person requiring special accommodation.

  • Before the Ceremony

Please arrive no later than 8:30 am. Please report to the room in Sweeney Hall where your academic program has been assigned. (The NHTI receptionist will also have this information on graduation day.) You will then be lined up by college staff members for the processional march.

  • During the Ceremony

After you march in, you will remain standing through the singing of America the Beautiful. (Men should remove their caps for the singing of America the Beautiful.)

Degree candidates by academic programs will be announced. Degree candidates should wait at the designated location at the bottom of the ramp in front of the stage until their name is called.

Individuals may not be accompanied by anyone when receiving their degree unless they are in need of accommodation. Graduates should shake hands as they cross the stage.

After receiving your degree return to your seat, but please remain standing until your entire academic program has received their degrees/diplomas. The entire academic program will sit down as a group.

  • Graduates earning more than one degree

Please choose which academic program you wish to sit with and report to that room on graduation morning. Your name will be called for both degrees. When your name is called the second time, you are responsible for getting yourself into line in the correct alphabetical order. You will return to the seat where you were for the conferring of your first degree.

  • It is expected that graduates will remain for the entire Commencement ceremony.
  • The Recessional

The Recessional will begin with the dignitaries on the stage, followed by faculty and students.

  • If you cannot attend Commencement, you must notify the Registrar's Office at or (603) 230-4014 prior to the end of April. Please include your name, degree program, and current mailing address. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to you within five business days of the ceremony.
  • Commencement Photography

Photography is permitted at Commencement. In addition, photography services will be provided by photographers from Grad Images.

  • Portraits

Take advantage of this opportunity to capture the graduation moment in your official academic regalia. Photographers from Grad Images will be available to take portraits of graduates from 8-9 a.m. on the second floor balcony of the Student Center.

  • Commencement Photos

Students and Parents, register your email and get $5 off a $25 or more purchaseGrad Images is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Grad Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via their website at

Registering with Grad Images with an accurate mailing and email address provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner.  You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to share in the celebration of your accomplishment.

  • Dining and Lodging

Concord and the surrounding area have many lodging and dining options. Please visit the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce website for further information.

Celebratory Grads


Student Affairs
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4040
Fax: (603) 230-9315

Related Links

Graduate Information Letter

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