Ceremony dates

GRADUATE CEREMONY | Friday, May 3 | 4 p.m.

Harold Alfond Sports Arena, University of Maine

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Stephanie Seguino

More information about the Graduate Ceremony can be found on the Graduate School website.


Harold Alfond Sports Arena, University of Maine

(Doors open at 8 a.m.)

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Division of Lifelong Learning
  • Maine Business School

(Doors open at 1 p.m.)

  • College of Earth, Life, and Health Sciences
  • Maine College of Engineering and Computing

UMAINE MACHIAS CEREMONY | Sunday, May 5 | 1 p.m.

Performing Arts Center, UMaine Machias

Commencement livestream

All UMaine commencement events will be livestreamed. Please check this website for the livestream link available the day of the ceremonies.

Important dates

Feb. 1: Deadline to apply to graduate

March 20: Grad Fair

April 7: Deadline to claim guest tickets

A ticket request form was emailed from “UMaine Tickets” in early March. Students walking in the Saturday ceremonies were allocated up to five guest tickets. If more than five tickets are needed, please indicate this in the ticket request form.

April 15: Unclaimed tickets become available

For graduates wishing to invite more than five guests, any unclaimed tickets will become available on April 15. Extra tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Make sure to fill out the field on the ticket request form that was sent out by “UMaine Tickets” to indicate that you would like additional tickets.

Undergraduate students were allocated five guest tickets, a form to request these was sent out at the beginning of March. The deadline to claim these tickets is Sunday, April 7. Within the form is an option to request additional tickets, any unclaimed tickets will become available on April 15 on a first come first serve basis.

Graduate students participating in the May 3 ceremony do not need tickets.

If you opted to attend the May 2024 commencement ceremony when completing your initial graduation application, you should be on the mailing list to receive information regarding tickets and other commencement details. However, if you did not select this option or need to check if you are registered, you can contact the Office of Student Records (um.gradapply@maine.edu) to further inquire about attending the ceremony in May. 

Students may purchase online and in the bookstore on March 21.

The Alfond Arena will have accessible seating available at a first come first serve basis for guests with disabilities. We will have some accessible seating located around the Arena located on the main level (it’s a hockey rink and seats are set up around a large oval shaped floor) and we will also have seats located on the ground floor of the Arena. 

We have arranged for ASL interpreters to be present for both Undergraduate Ceremonies and can reserve seating for guests who are deaf and up to three companions to sit with them on the day of the event. There will also be captioning available on the jumbotron in the Alfond.

More updates will continue to be posted in the coming weeks. For additional questions about accessible seating or additional accommodations, please email um.commencement@maine.edu

A photo of students walking outside in cap and gown

On-Campus Lodging

Hotel Ursa

1 Moosehead Drive
Orono, ME, 04469


Construction notice

  • Ensuring ADA compliance is a high priority; accessibility will not be affected by the ongoing renovation.
    Find more information on accessibility here.
  • Construction will not be active during commencement events and will not impact the interior of the arena or ceremony.
  • Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the Alfond Sports Arena and your hockey experience — Go Blue!

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