UMaine 2024 commencement ceremonies are May 3-4; UMaine Machias on May 5

The University of Maine’s 2024 commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students will be May 3-4 at Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

The Graduate School Commencement begins at 4 p.m. May 3, featuring an address by Stephanie Seguino, professor emerita at the University of Vermont and UMaine alumna. More than 500 graduate students are expected to be on hand to receive advanced degrees, including 52 doctoral candidates. In total, UMaine will confer more than 700 advanced degrees.

On May 4, 1,616 undergraduates are expected to participate in the 222nd commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with nearly 10,000 guests expected to attend. The Saturday ceremonies are ticketed events. The ceremonies will be livestreamed, with additional on-campus viewing in the North Pod of Memorial Union.

The morning ceremony on Saturday is for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, Maine Business School and the Division of Lifelong Learning. The afternoon ceremony is for students in the Maine College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Earth, Life, and Health Sciences.

Brig. Gen. Diane Dunn, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard (MENG) and commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM), will address the two undergraduate ceremonies. Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters will be conferred to international leaders in the development of new communications technology, Neera and Rajendra Singh.

Political science and biology student Michael Delorge of Biddeford, Maine, and mechanical engineering major Lydia Gilmore of Bangor, Maine, are the 2024 UMaine valedictorians. UMaine’s salutatorian is Katelyn Amero of Mapleton, Maine, who is double majoring in biochemistry and microbiology. A news release about all of them is online.

This year’s 12 Outstanding Graduating Students are expected to attend their respective ceremonies on Saturday.

The 2024 Distinguished Maine Professor, Sandra Butler, professor and director of the School of Social Work, will address graduates at all three commencement ceremonies. In addition, at each ceremony, the 2024 Presidential Award winners will be recognized: Lindsay Seward, a principal lecturer in wildlife ecology, received the Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award; Brian McGill, professor of ecological modeling, received the Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award; Robert Glover, associate professor of political science and associate professor of honors, received the Presidential Public Engagement Achievement Award; Deborah Bouchard, associate extension professor, aquatic animal health specialist and director of the Aquaculture Research Institute, received the Presidential Innovation Award; and Nory Jones, professor of business information systems, received the Black Bear Award for Extraordinary Impact. 

UMaine’s regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias, will hold its 113th commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 for 55 graduates. The ticketed event will be livestreamed, with an additional viewing area available at Science 102. No tickets are required in the livestream viewing venue. A news release about UMaine Machias commencement is online.

Tips for attending all commencement ceremonies are online.

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