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How Many ... Does It Take To ... Stage A Commencement

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
May 23, 2007

Check out the numbers on the 137th Commencement:

  • 2,650 students participated, approximately.
  • 17,500 bracelets were distributed.
  • 22,000 people attended.
  • 12,000 ponchos were distributed.
  • More than 250 media outlets ran stories about commencement, including the New York Times and Boston Globe, where it ran on the front page.
  • Coverage of the ceremony ran nationally on ABC, CNN and FOX as well as in more than 60 other broadcast markets, totaling more than 170 airings.
  • Nearly 37 million people across the nation saw coverage of commencement.
  • The media coverage UNH received had a total ad value of more than $2.2 million.
  • 4 dozen “Media” Munchkins eaten (mostly by Mike Pomp with WTSN).
  • 160 officers from campus, town, city, and state police; county sheriffs; UNH Parking Services; UNH Security Services
  • 50 federal law enforcement officers
  • Nearly 20 law enforcement agencies represented, including UNH Police; Durham, Lee, Newmarket, Bow and Laconia police; NH State Police; Strafford County Sheriff; Hillsborough County Sheriff; Belknap County Sheriff; Amtrak Police; Secret Service; Transportation Security Administration-Manchester & Portland, Me; United States Air Marshals-Boston Office; NH National Guard Civil Support Team; Portsmouth NH Police Explorers; UNH Parking Services; and State Office of Emergency Management
  • More than 4,000 hot beverages (coffee, hot chocolate, tea) totaling 300 gallons were served.
  • More than 700 muffins were eaten.
  • Nearly 1,000 sandwiches were eaten.
  • 6,000 views of commencement via the Web Saturday through Monday.

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