The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 beginning at 3:00 pm in the Collins Center for the Arts.  

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 
  • Confirm your participation in the Graduate Commencement by completing the short online confirmation form no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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


Graduates must apply to graduate within MaineStreet by February 1st and indicate their participation in the May 2018 Commencement in order to be eligible for guest tickets. 

The number of guest tickets distributed to graduating students will be announced on March 2, 2018. Tickets will be available for pick up beginning on March 21, 2018 at the Graduate School in Stodder Hall.

More information on guest tickets. 

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.

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


Information about ceremony photographers will be available shortly. 


Information about flower vendors will be available shortly. 

Guest Information

Guest Seating

Graduate Commencement Guest Tickets will be required for all guests to enter the Collins Center for the Arts. 

Doors will open at 2 pm and guests should arrive at the Collins Center for the Arts by 2:30 pm for early seating. Seating is general admission. 

Ushers will be available if guests have any questions while in the Collins Center for the Arts


Parking is available in the CCA Lot and Belgrade Lot on a first come, first served basis. Please see the Parking Map (PDF).

Attendance Policies

Backpacks, large bags, and strollers – Backpacks, large tote bags, and strollers are not permitted in the Collins Center for the Arts. 

Smoking – The University of Maine is a tobacco free campus. 

For safety reasons, no person, other than credentialed photographers and staff, may approach the stage for any reason. 

Accessible Seating & Accommodation Requests

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

Reception Information

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception with light refreshments for you and your guests will be held in the Memorial Union. No tickets are required for the reception.