Information for Families & Guests

Directions & Parking

Please note that traffic on I-93 northbound and southbound is heavy on Commencement morning. We encourage graduates and parents to schedule enough time for arrival to avoid traffic complications the morning of this special day.

Parking for Commencement will be available in the lots located at the Ice Arena on Holderness Road/RT-175a. You may also park in any of the lots on the main campus and walk to the ceremony. All parking on Campus is free. Parking on any public street is regulated by the Town of Plymouth and may be restricted or require fees to park.

Students are asked to move their vehicles to the main campus on Friday to make room for our guests. Parking will be available in most staff or student lots. (Do not park in a handicap space without the proper placard.)

Handicapped parking will be available for vehicles with a state issued handicapped plate or placard in the lot near the PE Center on Field House Road or in the lot next to the Facilities Building on Holderness Road/Rt-175a. Click here for a handicapped parking map. Some transportation may be provided for those with walking difficulties.

Police will direct traffic after the ceremony. Holderness Road/Rt-175a will be closed to all westbound vehicular traffic except emergency and maintenance vehicles. All traffic leaving the Ice Arena and PE Center parking lots will be required to return to the main campus in Plymouth by using I-93 north and exiting at exit 26.

Dining and Lodging
Many local establishments begin taking reservations one year in advance and sell out quickly.  We strongly recommend that you arrange accommodations and restaurant reservations for Commencement weekend as soon as possible.  The following information is intended to serve as a guide to many area accommodations and restaurants and does not represent a recommendation by Plymouth State University.

Accessibility and Special Needs
If a participating graduate or guest who plans to attend either Convocation or Commencement requires assistance, such as special seating, sign language interpretation, or other services, we ask that you file a Special Services Form by Friday, April 24, 2020.  Special Services Form

No animals, except for service animals, are allowed in the building.

Additional Viewing Site
If you do not have a ticket for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, you are invited to view the Commencement on our homepage via Livestream on Saturday, May 9.

In addition, an alternate viewing site will be available for guests at the Human Performance Center, second floor Lounge, in the PE Center.  Doors open at 8 a.m. with limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for Plymouth State University. Your proofs will be ready to view online within 48 hours of the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there’s never any obligation to order, you’ll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation.

Pre-register for your Graduate commencement proofs.

Pre-register for your Undergraduate commencement proofs.

Audience members taking photographs during the ceremony must do so from a specially marked area.  We ask that guests please do not stand in or block the aisles during the ceremony.  Only authorized University photographers will be allowed in front of the stage or in the aisles during the Procession, Commencement ceremony or Recession. 

Commencement Seating
Please note that saving seats is prohibited.  All members of one’s party must be in attendance to claim seats.  Please be respectful of this rule and of those who enforce it.
Flowers for Graduates
 Share your Congratulations and best wishes for the future by ordering flowers for your graduate.   
This is an alcohol-free event.  Noisemakers, horns, whistles or other disruptive devices are not permitted in the venue.