About College Graduation Ceremonies

As part of Commencement activities, the University of New England will recognize the accomplishments of its graduates at individual College Graduation Ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

While the six college ceremonies will vary, each will honor the academic achievements of the Class of 2024 and will feature the presentation of awards and other distinctions to the graduating class. At the ceremonies, students will have the opportunity to individually cross the stage to receive recognition and congratulations from the college dean, obtain their diploma holder, and have pictures taken.

Graduate ceremonies will bestow special recognition for master's and doctoral degree students by showcasing the placement of the hoods on the graduates, signifying their success in completing the graduate program. For many participants, the ceremony symbolizes the culmination of graduate studies and the degree recipient’s transition from student to colleague.

Each College Graduation Ceremony is similar to the University Commencement Ceremony in that there is a processional and recessional and graduates/faculty are dressed in academic regalia. While the college ceremonies are significant, they do not replace the University Commencement Ceremony. The University Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 18, will include all undergraduate and graduate students with full pomp and circumstance and will officially confer the degrees of the Class of 2024.

2024 College Graduation Ceremonies

Ceremonies Information

College Date Time Location Downloadable Ceremony Invitation
Westbrook College of Health Professions Baccalaureate (undergraduate students) Friday, May 17 9 a.m. Cross Insurance Arena WCHP Baccalaureate Ceremony Invitation (PDF)
College of Dental Medicine Friday, May 17 10 a.m. Girard Innovation Hall CDM Ceremony Invitation (PDF)
Westbrook College of Health Professions Graduate Friday, May 17 1 p.m. Cross Insurance Arena WCHP Graduate Ceremony Invitation (PDF)
College of Arts and Sciences Friday, May 17 5 p.m. Cross Insurance Arena CAS Ceremony Invitation (PDF)
College of Professional Studies (online students) Friday, May 17 5 p.m. Girard Innovation Hall CPS Ceremony Invitation (PDF)
College of Osteopathic Medicine Saturday, May 18 3 p.m. Merrill Auditorium COM Ceremony Invitation (PDF)