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Commencement 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tsongas Center
300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Lowell, Mass.
10 a.m.

Congratulations to all Rivier students planning to graduate with the Class of 2018! When you receive your Rivier diploma, you will proudly join more than 20,000 alumni across the United States and the globe.

Information regarding Rivier’s 83rd 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.

Click to view the 2018 Commencement Program.

Commencement exercises will be held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. Graduation candidates should arrive by 9:00 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.

Commencement Week Ceremonies

Graduate Student Hooding Ceremony

St. Joseph the Worker Church
777 West Hollis Street
Nashua, NH

Thursday, May 10, 2018
4 p.m.
RSVP by Friday, April 13, 2018

Click to view the Graduate Student Hooding Ceremony Program.

If you have questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs at or at (603) 897-8249.

Undergraduate Celebration: Baccalaureate Mass, Hooding, and Nursing Pinning

St. Joseph the Worker Church
777 West Hollis Street
Nashua, NH

Friday, May 11, 2018
4 p.m.
RSVP by Friday, April 13, 2018

Click to view the Undergraduate Celebration Program.

If you have questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs at or at (603) 897-8249.

Additional Commencement Activities/Information

Caps and Gowns

Cap and gowns can be purchased through the University bookstore.  The Bookstore accepts cash, check, or credit cards at the event. All checks should be made out to the Rivier Bookstore.

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

2018 Regalia Prices

Associate/Bachelor’s Cap,Tassel and Gown Package: $35.00

Master’s Cap, Tassel and Gown Package: $38.00

Associate/Bachelor’s Hood: $30.00

Master’s Hood: $35.00

Doctoral Graduates: Please contact Kate Pinet via email at for more information, and to order regalia.

All Other Graduates: Please contact Lee Roberts at 603-888-4145 about items not listed here.

Guide to finding the correct hood: 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Science-Nursing (MSN)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
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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 for 2018 graduates is $150 and 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 purchase your photo, you may contact Commencement Photos, Inc., 1348 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876, (978) 851-5924.

Diploma and Transcripts
Diplomas will be mailed to the home address you have on file following Commencement. To update your address, please email no later than one week prior to Commencement. 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) 897-8218

Financial Aid Office
(603) 897-8510

Finance Office
(603) 897-8488

(603) 897-8277

Regina Library
(603) 897-8256