Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

Below are some common questions asked about the Plymouth State University Commencement ceremonies. Much of this information can also be found within this Commencement website.

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What time does the ceremony begin?
The formal part of the ceremony begins at approximately 10 a.m., immediately following the procession of graduates. The morning schedule can be found here.

What time does the procession begin?
The procession begins at 9:40 a.m.

I have guests who do not have a ticket. Where can they view the ceremony?
Guests without tickets may view the ceremony at the Silver Center for the Arts. The ceremony can be viewed on a large projection screen with a close up view of the speakers and your graduate crossing the stage to be recognized.
Guests who are not able to travel to Plymouth may view the ceremony online at

I left my tickets at home! What can I do?
Unfortunately, we are not able to replace lost, stolen, or misplaced tickets.  Please be sure you have your tickets before you begin your trip to Plymouth.

My student received tickets through the Commencement Ticket Lottery.  Where can we pick them up?
Tickets awarded through the Commencement Ticket Lottery can be picked up with photo ID at the Will Call table located outside the entrance to ALLWell North beginning at 8 a.m. After 10 a.m., tickets can be picked up at the main entrance.

How is the travel to Plymouth on Commencement Day?
Please allow extra travel time as traffic backs up quickly on Interstate 93. Police will be on the road to help keep traffic moving off of Exit 25. Mobile traffic signs will also display information. Please use caution when approaching the Plymouth area.
For your safety and the safety of others, please follow all instructions given by police officers and displayed on traffic signs. Plymouth State University Police have partnered with police from the towns of Plymouth and Holderness  as well as state police to make sure traffic moves safely and smoothly throughout the day.

Where will I park?
Resident students should already have their cars parked on the Plymouth side of campus. Guest parking is available in the lots behind the Ice Arena and Welcome Center. Police and commencement volunteers will help direct you to a parking lot. You can also park on the main campus and walk across the bridge to ALLWell North. This map will show you all parking areas on campus (pdf). Guests may park in any legal space in any campus lot or as directed by the police. Please do not park at metered spaces in downtown Plymouth or in handicap spaces without the proper placard.

Is it a long walk from the parking areas? I have a family member with special needs.
Most parking spaces require walking. If a guest has special needs of any kind, please complete the Special Needs Form as soon as possible and we will make necessary accommodations.

How long will the ceremony last?
About two hours. The ceremony is expected to end at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Is this a formal occasion?
This is not a ‘formal’ event but it is meaningful to your graduate and other students. Please dress appropriately for the occasion.  And do not forget to wear comfortable shoes; as you will need to walk from the parking area to ALLWell North.

Our dog is a special part of the family and would like to attend.
No animals, except for service animals, are allowed in the building. We realize that pets hold a special place in the family, but pets can often become unpredictable in large crowds surrounded by noise and with little opportunity to move around for about two hours. For the safety and comfort of our guests and your pet, please leave your pet at home.

Can I get up to the stage to take a photo of my graduate?
A special section to the left of the stage has been set aside for parents to take photos of their student as he or she prepares to exit the stage. For safety reasons, only authorized staff are allowed in the ceremony area. However, photographers from GradImages will take pictures of the entire degree conferral sequence: preparing to walk on stage; shaking hands with the president as the scroll is presented, then off on the other side as a newly-minted graduate. Find more information here about how to order photos.

If I cannot attend the Commencement ceremony, how do I get my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed to students after the ceremony. Learn more.