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Two lines of Graduates, in graduation regalia, walking down the aisle.
Graduates walking in the 2019 Commencement. View image gallery below for more photos.

Our May Graduation Commencement Ceremony is the highlight of our year, attracting 3,000 people, including our graduates and their families and friends, and our faculty and staff, for a joyous celebration under a big white tent on our Haverhill Campus.

It’s no surprise that we had rethink graduation this year, due to the pandemic.

While this is a major disappointment for all of us, especially the 600 members of the class of 2020, we have done our best to plan a virtual celebration that will honor our graduates and their many accomplishments in the way they deserve, without jeopardizing their safety.

Here’s What We Have Planned

A Celebration Package for Each Grad

We are creating celebration packages that will include each graduate’s diploma plus special gifts.  The celebration packages will be distributed on the Haverhill Campus on June 15 (rain date, June 16), and all graduates will receive an email.   We will practice social distancing (drive up and pop your trunk) but if you’d prefer to receive your package by mail, that will be an option, too. While picking up your package, you can also pick up a free NECC Class of 2020 yard sign.

Virtual Ceremony on Saturday, August 8

Working with our friends from HC Media, we are planning a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 8 at 11 am.  This event will include many of the traditional elements. Also, each graduate will be invited to submit a photo that will be displayed as part of the virtual ceremony along with their diploma.

Social Media Campaign With Prizes

We have a special hashtag, #NECC2020, that we encourage you to use to share your commencement photos on social media as you celebrate your graduation with your family and friends.   And we’ll be awarding Northern Essex gift baskets for the most creative photos and video shared.

Chance to Walk Next Year

We know that what’s planned this year won’t replace the experience of walking across the commencement platform and receiving your diploma, which is why next year’s commencement ceremony will celebrate both the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11 am on the Haverhill Campus.

Have questions?

Contact Enrollment Services, 978 556-3974 or

2019 Commencement Photos

View the 2019 Commencement Photo Gallery

2019 Commencement –  Faculty and Staff walking
2019 Commencement – Garduates wlaking
2019 Commencement – Glenn shaking hands with male grad
Graduation 2019 pre-event female graduate with family
2019 Commencement – Female grad with family
2019 Commencement – RN graduate’s cap decoration
2019 Commencement – Female grad arms in air
2019 Commencement – Graduate playing in band
2019 Commencement – Happy male graduate at podium to get degree
2019 Commencement – Female grad looks on
2019 Commencement – Happy female grad with arms raisedd
2019 Commencement – Male grad with sunglasses and cigar
2019 Commencement – Student at podium
2019 Commencement- Student Commencement Speaker Hechavarria
2019 Commencement – excited female grad with degree
2019 Commencement – Paul Saint-Amand award
2019 Commencement – two Female grads face to face smiling
2019 Commencement – grad with flowered cap
2019 Commencement – Lane Glenn and Speaker
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