Parking & Access

For the safety of pedestrians and to provide parking for students, guests, faculty and staff, restricted parking regulations will be in place Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.

On Friday, May 10 guests attending the Scholars and Leaders Ceremony and/or the Nursing Pinning Ceremony in the Sawyer Center who require accessible parking, will be afforded access to nearby parking by event staff. Please use the Seamans Road gate entrance adjacent to the Sawyer Center. General admittance parking will be available for guests in Lot E (adjacent to Colgate Hall).

On Saturday, May 11, campus safety officers and assistants will be at campus entrances to direct guests to designated parking areas for Commencement.

All parking lots are open to the public except for the following:

  • Quad roadways will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning 12 p.m. on Friday through the completion of the ceremony and reception on Saturday.
  • Both Shepard lot (E) and the Loop roadway (A) are closed to overnight parking beginning at midnight on Friday.
  • All faculty and staff arriving for activities or work on Friday evening and Saturday are asked to park on Main Street.
  • Students on campus for Commencement exercises should park in their assigned lots. There is no overnight or weekend student parking permitted in faculty and staff parking areas as they are being reserved for visitors.
Reserved Parking & Special Access

Reserved parking and access are available for guests with mobility and other needs requiring assistance. Please contact Ruth Clark at 603-526-3610 or to make arrangements in advance.

Shuttle Services

College vans will provide shuttle service from Main Street, Parking Lot K (adjacent to Mercer Field) and other areas.


Facilities are available in the Ware Student Center, Colgate Hall, Sawyer Center and in the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center. The residence halls’ exterior doors will be unlocked from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Inclement Weather

Commencement is a rain or shine event. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will remain under the tent on the Quad. Please plan accordingly.

Accommodations & Local Information

A list of accommodations, restaurants and other conveniences can be found in the Local Information Guide.