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The Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 5, 2018
The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Watch it live!

The Senior Class has decided that the Keene State College Commencement ceremony will be held outdoors on Fiske Quad (rain or shine) so that all family members and friends can attend. The ceremony lasts about three hours. Pets are not permitted, with the exception of service animals.

No tickets are required. Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-seated basis. As the ceremony is heavily attended, we recommend that family members and friends arrive early and are seated on the quad no later than 10:30 a.m.

Fiske Quad Seating Plan

Viewing alternatives: the ceremony will also be broadcast on closed-circuit television in the Mabel Brown Room and in Morrison Hall.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center

Sixteen students receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing will receive the ceremonial Nursing Pin. More about Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Spring Honors Convocation

Spring Honors Convocation will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 4 in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center.

Students receiving awards will be notified approximately two weeks before the event. Families will also be invited. Academic regalia is required for students participating in the event. The Main Theatre in Redfern is Handicapped accessible. Check-in for students receiving awards begins at 3:15 p.m.

Directions and Parking

General parking is available in the following locations:

  • Madison Street lots near the Student Center and the Dining Commons.
  • Wyman Way, off Main Street between the Arts Center and Spaulding Gym (please note that when exiting Wyman Way, no left turn will be permitted.)
  • Winchester Street lot - Shuttle service will be available.

Access to the Winchester Street lot via the Route 101 roundabout. Once on Winchester Street, you will see the entrance to the lot approximately 100 yards up on the right, past the first stoplight.

Handicapped parking Handicapped parking is available in the Science Center and Fiske lots, both off Winchester Street, for vehicles with state-issued handicapped placards or plates only. A drop-off area is available at the Fiske lot.

Shuttle Service Keene State College provides shuttle service from the Winchester Street parking lot to the Appian Way Gate between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. More about Directions and Parking

Live Stream

Keene State College Commencement

For those unable to attend, Keene State College will be broadcasting the 2018 Commencement Ceremony live. More about Live Stream


Commencement 2017

Is Commencement the same as Graduation?

How much does my cap and gown cost?

How long is the ceremony?

When are students fitted for their cap and gown?

Many Commencement-related questions answered here! More about FAQ

Still Have Questions?

student at commencement

For questions about Commencement or Honors Convocation, please email the Office of College Ceremonies and Events, or call (603) 358-8500.

Commencement 2018 will take place on May 5, 2018.
Commencement 2019 will take place on May 11, 2019. Commencement 2020 will take place on May 9, 2020. Commencement 2021 will take place on May 8, 2021.