UMaine Commencement update — online survey deadline extended

Plans are moving forward for the in-person stage walk for 2021 and 2020 University of Maine graduates, and we will soon be connecting with those who let us know via the online survey that they plan to participate.

We have now extended the survey deadline to April 7. If you haven’t let us know that you would like to participate in the stage walk or submit photos for the virtual commencement presentation to be released in May, please complete the online survey as soon as possible.

As mentioned in our March 25 update, undergraduate and graduate students who feel comfortable are encouraged to participate. Students will be assigned a day and time to march in person at the Collins Center for the Arts where they will be recorded walking across the stage as their names are called and receive a diploma cover. Commemorative photos also will be taken at that time.

The video recordings, as well as photo submissions from all graduates, will be used to produce a virtual commencement presentation that will be available in May. In addition to graduates’ images, the virtual commencement will include music and congratulatory messages.

Following all civil and University of Maine System guidance, we will schedule small groups of students to participate in the CCA stage walk. There will be no spectators, and participants will wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Graduate students who wish to participate will be scheduled April 23; undergraduates will be scheduled April 26–29 and May 3. Please watch the commencement website for all updates when they become available.

We look forward to hearing from all 2021 and 2020 graduates who would like to participate.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Whitehead
Commencement Committee Chair