Graduation and Commencement

2020 Commencement

The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority. Given the many unknowns that still exist around the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies as scheduled May 15 and 16, 2020. We heard loud and clear from our graduates and their families that they want a ceremony, even if it is postponed, and they want it to be in person. In response, we are cancelling Honors Convocation and postponing Commencement to a future date yet to be determined. UNH is reviewing contingency plans for university events and activities with health and safety as the top priority. Watch President Dean's announcement.
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Graduation and Commencement

Applying to Graduate and Commencement are independent activities. The Office of the Registrar processes your application to graduate and certifies completion of degree requirements. University Ceremonies and Events organizes the annual commencement ceremony in May.

Please see the Registrar's Graduation page for important deadlines and more information about graduation requirements. For specific information about Durham Commencement activities, including ordering caps and gowns, dates and deadlines, etc., please see the UNH Commencement page.  For information specific to UNH Manchester, please see the UNH Manchester Commencement page.

Are You Ready To Graduate?

All students nearing the completion of their degree or certificate program, either as a primary or secondary program, need to file an Intent to Graduate by the deadline published on the graduate school calendar.  Filing an intent is the only way that the Graduate School will know if you are ready to earn your degree. 

Intent to Graduate

Filing an Intent to Graduate/Applying to Graduate is the only way the Graduate School will know that you've finished your degree requirements and are ready to be awarded the degree.

Students who do not file an Intent to Graduate will not have their degree awarded.

  1. Log in to Webcat
  2. Select 'Student Records'
  3. Select 'Graduation'
  4. Select 'Apply to Graduate'
  5. Screen: 'Curriculum Term Selection' select the term closest to the current term e.g. if filing in April 2020 then select Spring 2020. Click submit.
  6. Screen: 'Curriculum Selection' displays programs eligible to graduate from based on term selected in prior screen. If program is not displayed, return to previous screen and verify selected term is correct.
  7. Select the degree to file application for and click continue.
  8. Screen: 'Graduation Date Selection' select the term/date expected to graduate.
  9. The next several screens will display name as it will appear on diploma, and mailing address.
  10. Review all information for accuracy.

Note: If you are unable to file your intent online, please contact the Graduate School so we can review your records and provide assistance.

View application after filing

  • Log in to Webcat
  • Select 'Student Records'
  • Select 'Graduation'
  • Select 'View Application to Graduate'


Changing your Intent to Graduate

If you need to change your Intent to Graduate date, please email our office at with the subject line "Change Intent to Graduate".  Be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Full name
  • UNH ID number (to help verify your identity)
  • Degree program
  • The new graduation date you are requesting

The Intent to Graduate should be filed for the semester in which you will officially complete all degree requirements.  To determine when you should file your intent, please contact your department to review your degree requirements. 

All coursework and degree requirements must be complete and graded by the graduation date for which applied. 

Graduation Dates 

  • Spring: May (date corresponds with Commencement Ceremony) 
  • Summer: September 1 (no ceremony)
  • Fall: December 31 (no ceremony)

Please see the official Graduate School calendar for filing deadlines.


Degree Confirmation

Approximately four weeks after the date of graduation, students should check their Academic Transcript on Webcat. Look at "Degrees Awarded", when the “Degree Date” displays the date of graduation, this confirms graduation.

Students can also request an officail transcript through webcat making sure to check the 'hold for degree' option.  The Registrar's Office will then mail an official transcript as soon as the degree has been awarded.


Diplomas are mailed 8-10 weeks after the graduation date.


The name on the diploma will appear exactly as in the student information system.  For changes, complete a Name Change form.

If special characters are not reflected, contact for inclusion.

Mailing Address

Diplomas are mailed to the address provided when applying to graduate. You can verify your mailing address in WEBCAT (select Personal Information).  

International Address

Diplomas may be delayed. Contact for more information.


Students with Financial Aid Exit Counseling holds or with unpaid account balances will not have a diploma ordered until the holds have been cleared.

To view holds, log in to WEBCAT (Select: Registration>View Holds).

UNH-Durham Commencement

UNH holds an annual commencement ceremony each May.  Master's and Ed.S. students who meet the participation eligibility requirements should register to attend the ceremony through the UNH Durham Commencement website.  Doctoral students who meet the participation eligibility requirements will receive an invitation to register from the Graduate School in the spring.

UNH-Manchester Graduate School Commencement

If you are in a graduate program at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, you have the choice of participating in either the UNH-Manchester commencement or the UNH Durham commencement. Please be sure to inform GSMC staff on your commencement attendance intention by contacting the UNH Graduate School Manchester.

Eligibility to Participate in the May Ceremony

Master's Graduates

Master's/Ed.S. students who will complete their degree requirements in May or earned their degrees the previous September or December are invited to participate in the May ceremony. In addition, Master’s/Ed.S. students who expect to complete their degree the following September are also eligible to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony as long as they have an intent to graduate on file for September.  Students who file their intent to graduate for May or September before the final filing deadline for May will be listed in the commencement book.

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral students are only eligible to attend commencement if they're receiving their degree in May or received their degree during the previous two semesters. Doctoral students who expect to graduate in May must have completed all requirements for the degree by the published deadlines in order to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Only those candidates who have completed their program are listed in the Commencement program.

Special instructions regarding the commencement hooding ceremony will be sent to all doctoral students and their sponsors by the Graduate School each spring.


Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

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