Plan Now to Participate in Commencement 2012

Bring your family and friends to celebrate your hard work and academic achievements at Commencement on Saturday, May 19, 2012. For petitions received now through March 1, 2012, a late fee of $50 will be assessed, as the deadline to petition was December 1.

The outdoor ceremony at Currier Field will feature PSU’s first-ever doctoral students, who will receive their degrees first, followed by post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates.

About 1,000 students are expected to attend, 800 of those undergraduate and 200 graduate. Audience attendance is expected to be between 5,000 and 7,000.

Last year, PSU held a graduate ceremony on May 14, followed a week later by an undergraduate ceremony on May 21. The combining of the two ceremonies this year aligns PSU with other colleges in the University of New Hampshire System, all of which hold one ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students.

We look forward to showcasing the accomplishments of our graduate students and our first doctoral students before a wider campus audience.

George F. Tuthill, interim associate vice president for PSU's College of Graduate Studies

All graduates, as well as faculty and class officers, will meet at the Hartman Union Building (HUB) Courtroom at 8:45 a.m. on the day of Commencement to walk together through campus and across the bridge to the Physical Education Center.

The ceremony will be streamlined with fewer speeches and award presentations to ensure that it is not significantly longer than previous undergraduate ceremonies. Commencement will begin 15 minutes earlier, with the processional at 9:45 a.m., and end approximately 15 minutes later at 12:15 p.m.

Should the weather not cooperate on the day of Commencement, the University would move the ceremony indoors. In this case, students would report either to the HUB, PE Center or PSU Ice Arena based on whether they are in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration or College of Education, Health and Human Services. Details on which college will be assigned to the specific locations had yet to be determined. While there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate at the outdoor ceremony, each graduate would be limited to three guests if the rain plan were implemented. Overflow locations for guests and a live webcast of the ceremony will also be provided.

Graduate students this year will also be incorporated into a day of celebration, now known as “Graduates Day,” on Friday, March 9. Students can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pick up their caps, gowns and hoods and rain tickets, and have photographs taken. A similar event at a yet to be determined date will also be held with evening hours at the College of Graduate Studies location at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. Those unable to attend either of these events may request that the PSU Bookstore mail their regalia to them.

In order to participate in the May ceremony, graduate students must submit a form and pay a fee by December 1 to have their degrees conferred. Students who may complete their academic requirements by Spring 2012 should make sure to petition by this deadline. The submitted petition form informs the College of Graduate Studies that students are near completion of their programs so that their transcripts can be audited and they can be added to the list of students taking part in Commencement.

To submit this form, visit and click on the “Petition for MAT, MBA, MEd, MS, CAGS and EdD Degree Conferral” form in the “Degree/Program Completion Forms” category.

For all the latest information about Commencement 2012, visit and sign up for the Commencement email newsletter. PSU will send four newsletters to students beginning early next year with all the details they need to participate in Commencement and its associated events.


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