2022 Survivor/Castaway-themed Maine Day is April 27

The University of Maine’s 2022 Maine Day will take place on April 27 featuring events and contests related to the theme Survivor/Castaway.

Maine Day was inaugurated in 1935, when then-President Arthur Hauck set the day aside for “spring clean-up” of campus, with the entire campus UMaine community — students, faculty, staff and alumni — pitching in. Historically, Maine Day is set on Wednesday of the last week of classes of the spring semester.

Coinciding with Maine Day is Maine Day of Giving, an annual 24-hour fundraising event coordinated for the past seven years by the University of Maine Foundation. UMaine’s Employee Giving Campaign, which is highlighted throughout April, is also a part of the giving day event. This year, the newly launched Higher Education Relief Fund, providing financial support to students and faculty impacted by environmental, political, or global crises as they pursue or hope to pursue scholarship at UMaine, is featured as well. 

The 2022 Maine Day schedule for April 27: 

8:15 a.m. – Parade

Campus offices and organizations will parade around campus on a historic route and that will drop participants off in time for service projects. Groups are encouraged to dress up and design a float — whether on a trailer, in the back of a truck or just walking — to fit in with the theme of Survivor/Castaway. There will be trophy prizes for the best organization and the best office. Sign up here

9 a.m. – Service Projects

Service Projects will start immediately after the parade. A list of service projects with openings is available online. If you have questions, email the Bodwell Center at um.bodwellcenter@maine.edu. If you already have a project planned or need volunteers to help get something done, submit a request for a project with the Bodwell Center online.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. – BBQ and Fair

All campus dining locations shut down for the traditional BBQ in the Steam Plant parking lot. Student organizations will be hosting fundraisers and activities. Student organizations can sign up for the fair online

1–4 p.m. – Lawn Games

Head to the Mall for lawn games, music and snacks.

6–9 p.m. – Black Bear Bash

To celebrate a day of service, University of Maine Student Government will host the Black Bear Bash with food trucks, inflatables, a Battle of the Bands and more. Bring your MaineCard to our check-in tent near Fogler Library to sign in and get your meal tickets. A map will be provided with the various games, activities and food trucks on campus.

Details and a full schedule of events are on the Maine Day webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, email um.getinvolved@maine.edu