Sunday, May 19 at the AllWell North complex in Holderness, NH
Granite State College's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the AllWell North complex in Holderness, New Hampshire. The ceremony starts at Noon. The state-of-the-art complex, on the campus of Plymouth State University, can accommodate a large audience—no ticket required.
The ceremony, including the conferral of degrees, is approximately two hours in length.
For details, please review the following information.
Apply to Graduate: Monday, April 1
Order Your Cap and Gown: Monday, April 1
Want to be the Student Speaker: Monday, April 29
Would you like to be considered as the student speaker at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony? Please visit the following link to apply.
Want to Sing the National Anthem: Monday, April 29
Would you like to sing the National Anthem at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony? Please visit the following link to apply and submit an audition file.
Submit a Message to Your Loved Ones: Monday, April 29
Submit a free message and photo thanking your loved ones for supporting you while you pursued your degree. Your message will be displayed on the big screen prior to the ceremony for family and friends to see.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Apply to Graduate Deadline: Monday, April 1
Order Your Cap and Gown: Monday, April 1
Student Speaker Entries Deadline: Monday, April 29
Sing the National Anthem Entries Deadline: Monday, April 29
Submit a Message to Your Loved One(s) Deadline: Monday, April 29
Cap and Gown Pick-up: May 6 - 17
Annual Alumni Dinner: Saturday, May 18
Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college for the Annual Alumni Dinner celebrating Granite State College and the Class of 2019. This year’s dinner will be hosted at the Homestead in Bristol, N.H. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=29631
Commencement: Sunday, May 19
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY TO GRADUATE ON WEBROCK.
Students intending to apply to graduate and attend the 2019 Commencement Ceremony should do so before April 1, 2019.
Before applying, students should generate a new degree evaluation to verify that they are ready to file. Any questions on your status can be sent to your assigned academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2018, December 2018, March 2019 graduates, and those candidates pending June 2019 conferral are invited to attend the 2019 commencement ceremony.
There is a conferral fee that will be charged to your account when your application is processed ($100 fee for undergraduate students, $150 fee for graduate students). If you wish to use financial aid to pay for the fee, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 603-513-1330 or Student.Accounts@granite.edu. Students who apply to graduate after the posted deadlines will only be eligible to apply for the next scheduled conferral date.
CAP AND GOWN
Cap and Gown Order Form
Cap and Gown Pick-up: May 6 - May 17
Master’s Degree Students: Master’s degree regalia will be sent to the campus you select at the time you submit your cap and gown sizes. If campus pick-up is not possible, students may acquire their regalia at the Student Registration area the morning of Commencement. The master’s degree regalia package will include your cap, gown and tassel only. All hoods will be kept with GSC; you will be “hooded” on stage during the ceremony.
Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Students: Regalia will be sent to the campus you select at the time you submit your cap and gown sizes. If campus pick-up is not possible, students may acquire their regalia at the Student Registration area the morning of Commencement.
Questions? Call 1-855-472-4255 (855-GSC-4ALL)
Your arrival time is between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be attendants to direct you to the designated Grad Robing area. Proceed to the Student Registration Area to check in by last name. The check-in list from the Student Registration area is our master for calling names in the diploma process. It is critically important that you check-in on time to ensure accuracy. Students that arrive after 11:00 a.m. will be sent to a separate registration area where they will check in and be added to the end of the student processional, so that the master list can be managed without confusion. Line up for the procession into the ceremony will begin immediately following registration at 11:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: As there are no secure areas to keep valuables in the robing area, please leave your belongings with a family member or friend. Granite State College, nor Plymouth State University, accept responsibility for lost or stolen items.
Guests can enter the venue at 10:30 a.m. We ask that they are seated by 11:50 a.m. Please note that graduates will be directed to a “graduate only” area for check-in and line up. Guests and graduates should expect to separate once they arrive at the venue.
Volunteers will be available at all entrances to assist with any questions and to direct grads and guests to their appropriate areas.
Parking for Commencement will be available in the lots located at the Ice Arena on Holderness Road/RT-175a (Lots 601 and 602 on attached map). 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 is prohibited along Rt-175a in Holderness. Parking on public streets in Plymouth is free on Sundays.
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. Transportation will 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 vehicle traffic leaving the Ice Arena and PE Center parking lots will be directed towards I-93. If you are returning to the main campus after commencement use I-93 North and take exit 26.
To arrive at ALLWell North from all points north and south, take I-93 to exit 25. Turn right onto Rt. 175A. AllWell North is located on the right, on N. River Road (.4 miles from off ramp, before crossing over the bridge into Plymouth). However, there is no parking at this location. Please use the Ice Arena parking on Rt. 175A (located on the left, across the street from the entrance to AllWell North).
At noon you and your fellow graduates will process into the venue. Please remain standing until after the National Anthem or you are instructed to sit.
Conferral of Degrees
Master’s degree candidates will be conferred first. Please remain seated until a staff member indicates for your row to rise. You will walk to the left side of the stage where you will receive your hood. Please drape the hood over your right arm and ascend the stairs. When your name is called you will proceed across the stage and be hooded by the Provost. You will receive your congratulatory note from the President and have your photo taken. Descend the stairs to the right of the stage and return to your seat and sit.
Bachelor’s degree candidates will be conferred next. Please remain seated until a staff member indicates for your row to rise. You will walk to the left side of the stage where you will ascend the stairs. When your name is called you will proceed across the stage and receive your congratulatory note. You will shake hands with the President and have your photo taken. Descend the stairs to the right of the stage and return to your seat and sit.
The same process (as the bachelor’s degree candidates) will repeat for associate degree candidates.
The platform party will recess first, followed by faculty. Staff members will instruct you when to exit. The ceremony, including the conferral of degrees, is approximately two hours in length.
Family and friends are welcome to watch the 2019 commencement ceremony live in the convenience of their home. The link to the live-stream will be available the week before commencement. Please check back here for that link.
To acknowledge your achievement, you will receive a congratulatory statement as you cross the stage. June diplomas will be mailed when academic records and certification of graduation are complete - approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Conferral is pending successful completion of all remaining course work in your programs.
CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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A professional photographer from Achber Studios will take a photo of you receiving your diploma. Photos will be available for purchase from the Achber website: www.achberstudio.com. No obligation necessary. Photos will be loaded a few days after Commencement.
Photo Packages Available from Achber Studios
Shipping will be $5 per order. (Note: shipping after August 1 will be $7 per order.) Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Shipment will be through the USPS, so P.O. boxes can be used.
Please note: Candid photos taken by the College's photographer may be used in college publications.
ATTEND OUR ANNUAL ALUMNI DINNER
Saturday, May 18, Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college for the Annual Alumni Dinner celebrating Granite State College and the Class of 2019. This year’s dinner will be hosted at the Homestead in Bristol, N.H. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=29631
HOTELS IN THE AREA
Below is a list of hotels in the area, for those grads and guests who require an overnight stay. The College has reserved rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Plymouth, and the Comfort Inn in Ashland. See information and reservation deadlines below.
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 12 Ridgeview Lane, Plymouth, NH, 603-536-0100
Comfort Inn, 53 West Street, Ashland NH, 603-968-7668
Other Hotels in the Area:
The Tea Rose Inn at Plymouth: 8 Pleasant St, Plymouth, 603-536-2732
Inn on Golden Pond: 1080 US 3, Holderness NH, 603-968-7269
The Manor on Golden Pond: 13 Manor Drive, Holderness NH, 603-968-3348
EconoLodge: 304 Main St, Plymouth NH, 603-536-2330
Squam Lake Inn: 28 Shepard Hill Road, Holderness NH, 603-968-4417
Stay the weekend and enjoy not only the beautiful scenery, but these classic New Hampshire attractions (see a sampling below). The White Mountains has a lot to offer. For a complete list visit: https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/attractions
Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, NH https://www.alpinezipline.com
Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch http://www.cannonmt.com/index.html
Clarks Trading Post, Lincoln, NH http://www.clarkstradingpost.com
Conway Scenic Railroad, North Conway https://www.conwayscenic.com
Flume Gorge, Lincoln, NH https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/attractions/flume–gorge
Hobo Railroad, Lincoln, NH http://www.hoborr.com
Kayak and ATV Tours, Lincoln, NH https://www.outbackkayak.org/
Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln, NH http://www.loonmtn.com
Pemi Valley Moose Tours, Lincoln, NH http://www.moosetoursnh.com
Polar Caves, Rumney, NH http://www.polarcaves.com
Storyland, Glen, NH https://www.storylandnh.com
ACADEMIC PROTOCOL FACTS
Proper Academic Cap and Gown Details and Protocol:
The mortar board should lie parallel with the floor.
The tassel for associate and bachelor’s degree candidates is to be worn to the right of the mortarboard (when wearing). Master’s degree candidates wear their tassel to the left.
Only caps and gowns provided by Granite State College are allowed, and are yours to keep.
Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Honor Society) graduates are distinguished by gold and maroon cords draping the gown around the neck.
Students who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces are distinguished by a red, white, and blue honor cord in recognition of their service to our country.
Associate Degree: Sage Green
Bachelor’s Degree: Blue and white
Master's Degree: Black
Baccalaureate Student Honors
Bachelor’s Degree candidates with honors designation have achieved outstanding academic performance and have completed the college’s academic residency requirements. These students are distinguished with gold cords draping their gowns. Note: the graduation program lists honors based on the GPA at the time of publication.
Honors are as follows:
3.75 - 4.0 summa cum laude
3.50 - 3.74 magna cum laude
3.25 - 3.49 cum laude
Associate Student Honors
Associate Degree candidates with honors designation have achieved outstanding academic performance and have completed the college’s academic residency requirements. These students are distinguished with bronze cords draping their gowns. Note: the graduation program lists honors based on the GPA at the time of publication.
Honors are as follows:
3.75 - 4.0 High honors
3.25 - 3.7 Honors