The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 beginning at 3:00 pm in the Harold Alfond Arena.

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.

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.

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.

Guest Information

Guest Seating

Graduate Commencement Guest Tickets are not required for guests to enter Alfond Arena. 

Doors will open at 2 pm and guests should arrive at the Harold Alfond Arena by 2:30 pm for early seating. Seating is general admission. 

Ushers will be available if guests have any questions while in Alfond Arena.

The event will also be viewable through a live stream feed available on May 11th at this site


Parking is available in the North Gym Lot, Dunn Lot, Corbett Lot, and Steam Plant 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 Alfond Arena. 

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. 

Photos and Flowers


Information about ceremony photographers will be available shortly. 


Information about flower vendors will be available shortly. 

Reception Information

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