Decorum and Behavior
Commencement is a dignified occasion. In the best tradition of the University of Maine, we expect those attending the commencement ceremony to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and UMaine Police will strictly enforce this policy. Mobile phones should be set to silent at the beginning of the ceremony and should remain so for the duration of the event. The university community appreciates your cooperation in maintaining the dignity of this occasion.
When and Where to Assemble — Students
All students will assemble in the New Balance Field House. Students should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. Each ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Please be prepared to remain in the main arena and seated through the entire ceremony, with the exception of crossing the stage. There are restrooms available in the Field House for use prior to each ceremony.
If you wish to march on Saturday, May 11th, you must visit the Bookstore at the Memorial Union to pick up your blank reader card by Friday, May 10th. It is very important that you bring the blue, completed, reader card with you to the ceremony. Additional reader cards will be available in the New Balance Field House the day of Commencement. If you are in need of a replacement card, please arrive early to ensure time to complete your card. These cards allow the reader to clearly announce your name as you cross the stage.
Student Regalia (Cap and Gown)
All graduating students are required to wear regalia (cap and gown) to the ceremony. Undergraduate students may purchase a cap and gown at the University Bookstore on the lower level of the Memorial Union.
|Senior Cap, Gown and Tassle||$22.50|
|Master’s Cap, Gown and Tassle||$27.50|
|Doctoral Regalia Rental (you keep the Tam)||$185.00|
When and Where to Assemble — Faculty
Location for faculty assembly point: Wells Central (downstairs) The Commencement Committee acknowledges and thanks our faculty members who plan to attend the ceremonies. Your presence means a great deal to our students and to the university.
President’s Faculty Recognition Luncheon
All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend the President’s Faculty Recognition Luncheon at Wells Conference Center between the morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies, beginning at noon.
If you are an advisor to a student receiving his or her doctorate at either May 11th ceremony, please check in with a commencement volunteer when you arrive at the faculty assembly point.
All faculty members are required to wear regalia to the ceremony. If you do not own regalia, the university will provide rented regalia. Regalia must be ordered by April 11. If you order regalia and do not attend a ceremony, you will be charged the cost of the rental.
For questions about faculty regalia, please contact the University Bookstore, 207.581.1735;
Students who have successfully met all of the graduation requirements can expect to receive their diploma in late July. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided to us on your Application for Graduation. Please contact the Office of Student Records at 581.1288 to make any necessary changes to this address. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Graduation
Students seeking to graduate in May 2013 should visit the Office of Student Records for a full list of graduation eligibility criteria. Specific questions regarding the graduation application process can be sent to email@example.com.