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Commencement 2018

Commencement Details


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To ensure adequate seating, graduates must complete their Commencement Participation Form no later than March 20. See the Commencement Fair information to learn more about important preparations for the big event.

Commencement Fair

12:00 - 6:00pm, March 28 + 29, 2018, KSC Bookstore.

All members of Keene State’s graduating class are invited to our Commencement Fair, an occasion designed to make preparations easier and more entertaining than ever before. The Commencement Fair is a one-stop shop. Your ticket to the Commencement Fair will be your online completion of the Commencement Participation Form. If you’re unable to attend the Commencement Fair because you are a December graduate or you’re off campus at an internship or exchange program, you will be able to take care of Commencement details after the fair by calling the respective offices.

Come to the Commencement Fair to:

  • Pick up caps and gowns
  • Order class rings Class Rings. Rings can be ordered online at Balfour or during the Commencement Fair.
  • Information on ordering graduation announcements for family and friends
  • Get Commencement photo information


Pending degree verification, actual diplomas will be mailed approximately 12 weeks following graduation.

Diploma Frames

Fine quality diploma frames, including a mat and medallion of the Keene State College Seal, are available from the College Bookstore. Visit: Keene State College Bookstore or call (603) 358-2651.


Graduation Images will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming Commencement ceremony. Professional photographers will take three different pictures of each graduate shaking hands with the president and crossing the platform. Information on ordering photos will be sent by the studio to all graduating students’ KSC e-mail accounts.

You may also visit GradImages and click on the Pre-Event E-mail Registration. Enter your permanent e-mail address and e-mail addresses of your loved ones who would like to view and order your photos.

After graduation you may order online at GradImages or call 800-261-2576.


Flowers will be available for purchase at Commencement from Commencement Flowers. Commencement Flowers has been providing students in hundreds of schools across North America with vibrant, high quality, fresh-cut flowers for their graduations for over 10 years.

Pre-order your flowers and reserve your favorite color at Commencement Flowers.

Senior Family Dinner and Dessert

Friday May 4, 2018. In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions at Keene State College, the KSC Alumni Association and the Class of 2018 would like to invite you and your graduating senior to join us in a celebration of the effort and successes achieved during their time spent here.

The Senior Family Dinner and Dessert is a memorable opportunity, offering a unique social gathering, allowing our graduating seniors one more opportunity to interact with current and future friends as they transition from students to alumni. Please plan on registering and joining us on the evening of May 4 to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Class of 2018. To register, visit Senior Family Dinner and Dessert.

Graduates’ Assembly

Graduates should arrive at Spaulding Gymnasium by 11:30 a.m. on the morning of Commencement. Note: Personal belongings may not be left in the gym during the ceremony.

Inclement Weather

The Commencement Ceremony will be held outside on Fiske Quad. You are strongly encouraged to check the weather forecast for Saturday and dress appropriately. We are known to experience all types of weather on Commencement Day. But, remember, this is New England and the weather can change quickly. Please check the forecast and dress accordingly. There are indoor viewing areas available for those guests who need to be out of the weather.

Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather, we will interrupt the ceremony and direct you to make your way off of the quad. Please take note of your seating location in the safe evacuation information provided in your Commencement program. If you choose to seek shelter during the emergency please proceed to the building that corresponds with your seating area in the safe evacuation information. Take the time to note the nearest aisles and exits from the seating area. Please note the crowd managers around the perimeter of the seating area; they are available to answer questions and to assist you during the evacuation.

Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Alcohol is not allowed at Commencement at any time and will be confiscated. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in or attend the Commencement ceremony if intoxicated. Keene State College campus is a tobacco free zone for Commencement Day.


Reserving chairs on the quad is not allowed. Seating is open and we kindly request that seats not be saved by any means other than someone sitting in the seat. If you bring balloons, ribbon, tape, name cards, paper, etc., to attach to chairs in an attempt to save multiple seats, a member of security or the Commencement staff will ask you to remove them or will remove them. Air Horns and Beach Balls are NOT allowed at the ceremony. Items that distract are disrespectful or diminish the ceremony will be confiscated. Please turn off or mute your cell phone during the ceremony. We ask that you act with consideration and stay for the entire Commencement ceremony. The graduate procession from Spaulding Gym begins at 12:15 p.m. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and ends between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Lost and Found

Turn in found items or search for lost items during the Commencement Ceremony at the Information Table on Appian Way located on the south side of the Quad. For items found/lost after the Commencement Ceremony contact Campus Safety.

For any questions please call 603-358-2228.

Security Guidelines

All guests and their belongings are subject to screening by Campus Safety, Keene Police and crowd management personnel. The following items will NOT be permitted on Fiske Quad:

  • Alcohol, drugs, chairs, fireworks, aerosol and spray cans
  • Pets or animals (assistance animals are permitted)
  • Weapons, noisemakers (e.g. horns, air horns or similar), signs, laser pointers, and other items deemed inappropriate by Campus Safety personnel or Commencement personnel.
  • ALL BAGS, COOLERS, PACKAGES AND OTHER ITEMS MUST BE ATTENDED AT ALL TIMES. Unattended items may be confiscated and are also subject to theft.

Commencement DVDs

Keene State Media Productions, a student-run film organization, will be filming the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. They will also sell DVDs of the 2018 Commencement Ceremony for $20.00/each. The DVDs will include the entire Commencement ceremony and the Commencement address and speeches. Each DVD will be presented in a case and will be mailed by mid-July.

To order, visit: KSC DVD Order Form 2018

Questions? Contact Keene State Media Productions


Kronicle Office, Student Center, 3rd floor, 603-358-2894


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

Contact College Ceremonies and Events

Office of College Ceremonies and Events