2021 Commencement FAQ

Can I bring guests to my graduation ceremony?

In compliance with Maine’s gathering size limits, guests will not be permitted at our in-person ceremonies. All ceremonies, however, will be livestreamed so that loved ones can celebrate with our graduates virtually.

How can my family and friends watch the ceremony at home?

Family and friends may tune in via UNE’s livestream link, www.une.edu/live and on Facebook at facebook.com/universityofnewengland. The schedule of ceremonies is as follows:

Saturday, May 15
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony – 9 a.m.
  • Undergraduate division of the Westbrook College of Health Professions Graduation Ceremony – 1 p.m.
  • College of Dental Medicine Graduation Ceremony – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 16
  • Graduate division of the Westbrook College of Health Professions Graduation Ceremony – 1 p.m.
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduation Ceremony – 3 p.m.
  • College of Graduate and Professional Studies Graduation Ceremony – 5 p.m.
How do I get my regalia?

Bachelor’s and masters’ degree regalia packages are available now for purchase in the bookstore on each campus. Shipping is also available. 

How do I get my academic honor cord and/or other recognition items?

Academic honor cords, military cords, organization stoles and cords, pins, and other items typically worn with regalia at your college ceremony will be provided prior to the in-person ceremonies and will be mailed prior to the online ceremonies so that you will have it to celebrate during your ceremony.

Will the University take photos at the live ceremonies?

Graduating students will be photographed at their respective in-person college graduation ceremony; there is no need to sign up for photos.

Two photos will be taken of each student. The first will be taken as the student crosses the stage to receive recognition. The second will be taken as the student exits the stage with a University banner as the backdrop.

Proofs will be mailed and emailed to each student. There is no obligation to purchase.

In addition, the University works with Jeff Scher Photography to take professional, candid photos at the individual college graduation ceremonies. Proofs will be available for review and/or to make a purchase in late May. Links and information will be sent to students and posted on the commencement website once available. Again, there is no obligation to purchase.

When will my degree be awarded?

The official awarding of University of New England degrees in Banner will occur on Monday, May 17, 2021.

How do I get an official transcript?

Official transcripts can be requested through self-service on UOnline or by mailing or faxing a Transcript Request form to the Registrar’s Office. Instructions can be found at the Registrar's Office website.

Do I have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for my diploma to arrive in the mail?

No. During the week of May 17, you will receive an email from Scrip-Safe with a verifiable electronic version of your diploma. Your paper diploma will arrive at your physical address 4 to 6 weeks after the degree is conferred. Scrip-Safe will print and package printed diplomas for mailing to each graduate. All graduating students will receive an email from stamps.com at their @une.edu address alerting them that the printed diploma has been mailed.  A tracking number will be provided in the email. 

What if I am no longer at the address I put on my Application for Graduation?

Access UOnline and select “View Graduation Application” to verify the address. If the address needs to be updated, please email Brittany Brown in the Registrar's Office.

If I have additional questions, whom can I contact?

Questions regarding the ceremonies can be emailed to commencement@une.edu.

What health and safety protocols do students need to be aware of for their ceremonies?

Students will be required to follow all UNE Onward protocols while on campus for commencement exercises. This includes wearing a mask indoors and outdoors and maintaining six feet of social distance from one another. Please pay close attention to your health, and if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend the event. Visitors are not permitted on campus at any time.

UNE will offer students COVID-19 testing on the Biddeford campus on Tuesday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 12. Testing can be scheduled at unebiddefordtesting.youcanbook.me.

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