Registrar/Course Schedules

Commencement 2017



Saturday, May 6, 2017
Tsongas Center
300 Arcand Drive
Lowell, Mass.
10 a.m.

Congratulations to all Rivier students planning to graduate with the Class of 2017! When you receive your Rivier diploma, you will proudly join more than 19,000 alumni across the United States and the globe.

Information regarding Rivier’s 82nd Commencement Exercises and other related activities during the Commencement week is listed below. Please continue to refer to this web page for all information and updates regarding Commencement.

Commencement exercises will be held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. Graduation candidates should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to line up for the academic procession. Graduates enter through the east entrance (located at street level on the right hand side of the main entrance), and guests should enter using the main entrance.

As one of our newest graduates, you will become a member of the Rivier University Alumni Association and will be entitled to a variety of benefits and services offered by the Office of University Advancement. Click here to learn more.

Grad Finale

Dion Center Reception Room

Wednesday, April 5



  • Purchase cap and gown
  • Pick-up graduation announcements
  • Check their diploma name
  • Update contact information/post-graduation plans with Career Development
  • Ensure account is clear with the Business Office
  • Purchase a special cord to wear at Commencement


Commencement Week Ceremonies

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Wednesday, May 3 


Dion Center Reception Room

Graduate Hooding Ceremony 

Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony 

Additional Commencement Activities/Information:

Caps and Gowns

Cap and gowns can be purchased through the University bookstore.

**Your graduation fee does not include the cap and gown.**

2017 Regalia Prices
Associate/Bachelor's Cap and Gown Package: TBD
Master’s Cap and Gown Package: TBD
Doctoral Cap and Gown Package: TBD
Associate/Bachelor's Hood: TBD
Master’s Hood: TBD
Doctoral Hood: TBD
(Cap and Gown Package includes gown, cap and tassel) 

Guide to finding the correct hood: 
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Science-Nursing
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Master of Education (MEd)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science-Nursing
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)    

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Graduates are entitled to ten Commencement Announcements. Guests of the graduates are not required to have a ticket for entry into the Tsongas Center.

Graduation Fee
A mandatory graduation fee of $125 is charged to all students' accounts upon acceptance of the Petition to Graduate. Student account balances must be paid in full before diplomas are issued. Students can pay their graduation fee on their MY LEDGER in MyRiv.

Financial Aid Recipient Information
If you borrowed from the Stafford or Perkins Loan Programs, you must complete an EXIT interview. 

Commencement Photos
An official photographer will attend Commencement to photograph all graduates as they receive their degree. You will receive information about this soon. If you do not hear from the photographer and wish to make arrangements to receive your photo, you may contact Commencement Photos, Inc., 1348 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876, (978) 851-5924.

Diploma and Transcripts
Diplomas will be given out at Commencement, immediately following the ceremony. All diplomas and all transcripts will be withheld until graduates have completed their EXIT interview paperwork and fulfilled all outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Important Phone Numbers

Office of the Registrar
(603) 897-8213

Financial Aid Office
(603) 897-8510

Business/Bursar Office
(603) 897-8488

(603) 897-8277

Regina Library
(603) 897-8256


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