Lisa Liberatore, Keynote Speaker

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 beginning at 3:00 pm in the Harold Alfond Arena. The event will be viewable through a live stream feed available on May 11th at this site.

Graduate students completing your degree(s) in May 2018, August 2018, or for December 2017 graduates:

  • Apply to Graduate in MaineStreet by February 1, 2018, and 
  • Register for the Graduate Commencement by completing the short online confirmation form no later than Friday, May 4, 2018.

Review the What to Expect document for more information!

Please contact the Graduate School at or 207.581.3291 with any questions.

Accessible Seating & Accommodation Requests

Any guests or graduates requiring a disability accommodation should complete this short online form no later than Friday April 20, 2018.

Additional information for guests can be found on the Guest Information page.

Regalia Information

Master’s & Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Students

Graduates must wear caps and gowns (regalia), and bring hoods to the ceremony. The cost of the cap, gown, and hood is $69.98 and are available for purchase at the University Bookstore on campus (online students should contact the Bookstore to purchase regalia). During the ceremony you will be hooded by the Dean of your College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Board.

Doctoral Students

Graduates must wear caps and gowns (regalia) to the ceremony. The cost to rent regalia is $213.37. You will be hooded at the Saturday, May 12th Commencement, please do not bring your hood with you to the Graduate Commencement on Friday. Contact Betty Campbell at 207.581.1735 or in the University Bookstore to request regalia. The University will be unable to respond to orders placed after the April deadline.

Photos and Flowers


GradImages is the exclusive photographer for the 2018 University of Maine Graduate Commencement ceremony.


Commencement Flowers is the exclusive provider of commencement flowers for the 2018 University of Maine Graduate Commencement ceremony.

There will be a large variety of beautiful fresh flowers available to browse and purchase at Alfond Arena on the day of commencement. However, if you would like to pre-order for a quick and convenient pick up, a link will be provided below as the commencement date approaches. Click here to pre-order.

Reception Information

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception with light refreshments for you and your guests will be held in Wells Conference Center.

Doctoral Student Eligibility

Eligibility for doctoral students to participate in Commencement ceremonies are as follows:

  • May 2018 doctoral candidates that have successfully completed all degree requirements
  • August 2018 doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation by April 27th
  • December 2017 graduates
  • August 2017 graduates who did not participate in May 2017 ceremonies

During the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, doctoral students will be honored by President, Dr. Susan Hunter and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hecker.  Doctoral students are hooded at the Saturday, May 12th Commencement.

Reminder: August candidates participating in May Commencement must apply to graduate for August 2018 by February 1st.