Graduate School Commencement

The Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 in the Harold Alfond Arena. New this year, all graduate students (including doctoral candidates) will be hooded at the Friday Graduate School Commencement ceremony. No guest tickets will be required.

Graduate students completing degrees in May 2020, August 2020, or for December 2019 graduates:

  • Apply to graduate in MaineStreet by February 1, 2020 and
  • Register for the Graduate School Commencement by completing the short online confirmation form no later than Friday, April 24, 2020

More information to follow shortly!

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

Doctoral Student Eligibility

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

  • May 2020 doctoral candidates that have successfully completed all degree requirements
  • August 2020 doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation by April 24th
  • December 2019 graduates
  • August 2019 graduates who did not participate in May 2019 ceremonies

Reminder: August candidates participating in May Commencement must apply to graduate for August 2020 by February 1, 2020.

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 will be announced shortly and will be 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 will be announced shortly. 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.

ADA Accessibility for Graduating Students

Upon request, assistance is available to graduating students if they need accommodations during the procession, seating, and stage crossing. Graduating students should contact Kathleen Harding-Heber via email at to request assistance during the ceremony.

Guest Information

Refer to the Guest Information page for details on seating, parking, and attendance policies for the arena.

Reception Information

A reception with light refreshments in Wells Conference Center will immediately follow the ceremony. All guests and attendees are invited to join, no tickets are required.