Registrar/Course Schedules

Commencement 2015



Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tsongas Center
300 Arcand Drive
Lowell, Mass.
10 a.m.

Congratulations to all Rivier students planning to graduate with the Class of 2015! When you receive your Rivier diploma, you will proudly join more than 17,000 alumni across the United States and the globe.

Information regarding Rivier’s 80th 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 9, 2015 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
Wednesday, April 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dion Center Reception Room

Grad Finale is a one-stop shopping opportunity for all of your commencement activities. At this event you can: confirm the spelling of our name on your diploma, pick-up your commencement announcements, check-in with Financial Aid and the Business Office on exit counseling and account clearance, purchase your cap and gown, update Career Development on your post-graduation employment plans or schedule an appointment to create a post-graduate plan, order a class ring and finally meet with Alumni Association representatives and update contact information. Additionally, there will be refreshments, raffle prizes, and giveaways. 

Hooding Ceremonies

St. Joseph the Worker Church
777 West Hollis St.
Nashua, NH 03062

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 4 p.m.
Please arrive by 3:30 p.m. at the Church Hall

Graduate Hooding Ceremony 

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Please arrive by 6 p.m. at the Church Hall.

Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 6 p.m.
Please arrive by 5 p.m. at the Church Hall.

To RSVP for these events please click here.


Additional Commencement Activities/Information: 

Caps and Gowns
Academic attire will be available in the University Bookstore beginning at the end of March. Exact dates will be updated soon. 

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 $125 graduation fee must be paid prior to picking up the announcements. You will receive a bill for this fee from the Business Office. This fee must be paid to obtain announcements.

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) 897-8220

(603) 897-8277

Regina Library
(603) 897-8256


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