Which ceremony do I attend?
Get ready for two very exciting days! Each college will have an individual commencement ceremonies recognizing students and their accomplishments. Graduates and their guests are encouraged to attend their respective college commencement ceremony. These ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 18, with the exception of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 19, following the University Commencement Ceremony.
At which ceremony will the conferral of degrees take place?
Let’s start with what this means. To confer means to “bestow” upon the recipient their academic degree. It is at this moment that you officially graduate from your selected program. The formal conferral of degrees by University President James Herbert will occur at the University Commencement Ceremony which will take place on Saturday, May 19. All graduating students are encouraged to attend. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will be instructed to move your tassel from the right to the left. Think of it this way: once you have moved your tassel to the left, you have “left” your academic program.
Will I have an opportunity to cross the stage?
Yes! Graduates will "walk" and be individually recognized at their college commencement ceremony.
During the University Commencement Ceremony, graduates will be recognized by college. You will stand together and beam with pride as the crowd of onlookers claps, cheers, and whistles their resounding praise for your accomplishment!
Do I need regalia for my college commencement ceremony?
Yes. All college commencement ceremonies (and the University Commencement Ceremony) will require that students (and faculty) be adorned in their academic regalia. To learn more about the symbolism of this regalia, please visit our Regalia page.
Will my college commencement ceremony be ticketed?
It varies by college. Commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and Westbrook College of Health Professions are not ticketed events.
The College of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Ceremony does not require tickets, but graduates are asked to limit attendees to four guests, as space is limited. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremony does require tickets; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 602-2329 for more information.
Additional details regarding college commencement ceremonies can be found on each event page:
- College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony
- College of Dental Medicine Commencement Ceremony
- College of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Ceremony
- College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremony
- College of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony
- Westbrook College of Health Professions Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
- Westbrook College of Health Professions Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Will the University Commencement Ceremony be ticketed?
Yes. Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets and beautifully printed invitations which you can send to your guests.
Where can I obtain tickets and invitations to the University Commencement Ceremony?
Tickets and invitations are expected to be available beginning in mid-March. Tickets will be distributed through the Student Affairs office on the Biddeford Campus and the Graduate and Professional Student Affairs office on the Portland Campus. Stop by, let us congratulate you, and pick up your tickets!
For those not currently studying on the Biddeford or Portland campuses or unable to pick up tickets and invitations, individual arrangements will be made.
If I do not need all of my tickets, can I give them to a friend who may need more?
In fact, you can! At your own discretion, you may provide any of your unneeded tickets to other graduating students. You can also return them to the "pool" of available tickets for those that may need additional.
How can I obtain additional tickets?
Want to make sure your best friend can attend? No problem! Students may receive additional tickets directly from other students who will not make use of the four (4) they have been provided. A pool of additional tickets will also be made available. Requests for up to four (4) additional tickets can be made by completing an online form which will also be made available in mid-March. Tickets will be provided from the pool based on the order that requests are received, so check your email often to learn when you can submit yours. Only one request can be made for pool tickets, so do plan accordingly. Once the pool of available tickets has been exhausted, we’ll be unable to offer any more.
Will professional photos be taken?
Get camera-ready, because yes, professional photos will be taken. The University partners with professional photographers who will take individual graduate photos at the college commencement ceremonies as students cross and exit the stage. Candid photos will be taken at the University Commencement Ceremony.
Will I receive my diploma at the college ceremony or at the University Commencement Ceremony?
All diplomas are mailed to students six to eight weeks following Commencement. The good news: you won’t have to worry about losing that valuable document as you pose for pictures, hug family, friends, and faculty, and try to remember where you parked your car!
Please note: diplomas will be distributed following the commencement ceremony for doctoral students in Dental Medicine, Education, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy. College of Osteopathic Medicine students will receive their diplomas following their commencement ceremony.